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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (January 31, 2010)
 


Mr. or Mr? Depends on Where You Live

I was taught, as a Canadian growing up in the 60s and 70s that the formal address, “Mr.,” came with a period. It is, after all, an abbreviation for the word Mister. But in the United Kingdom, I would be quite correct to write “Mr” without the period.

To make matters worse, the address “Miss” takes no period in either Canada or the U.K. “Miss” is actually an abbreviation for “Mistress.”

So, when you use the formal address with Canadians (and Americans) use the period after “Mr.” and “Mrs.” and “Ms.” If your correspondence is with a Briton, then feel free to leave them out!

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