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    "M/s Debo"

    I was readiing my favorite magazine, which happens to be British, when I came across this sentence:

    "Everybody called her [the Duchess of Devonshire] Debo but . . . [I ended] up calling her 'M/s Debo' while I was 'Mr Alan' [Bennett]."

    Here in the United States of America we have:


    Would you kindly tell me what M/s means?

    Thank you,


    Source: London Review of Books, 8 January 2015, page 38.
    Last edited by TheParser; 12-Jan-2015 at 16:58. Reason: added a word; punctuation.

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    Re: "M/s Debo"

    I think it should have just said "Ms". She was "Ms Debo" and he was "Mr Alan". Or perhaps the / was a typo for an "r" and it should have said "Mrs". Either way "M/s" means nothing in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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