It’s August and I’ve been trying to enjoy a carefree summer which means blogging less frequently. I haven’t been married to my keyboard nor to the August Blogger Empire Society Challenges, but I’ve returned for Day 19:
Grab the nearest book. Open it and go to the tenth word. Do a Google Image Search of the word. Write about what the image brings to mind.
The tenth word in Tell Me Lies, the book I’m about to crack open, is “Mrs.”
Google search from Wikipedia (first entry):
Mrs. (American English) or Mrs (British English) (Standard English pronunciation /ˈmɪsɨz/) is a commonly used English honorific used for women, usually for those who are married and who do not instead use another title (or rank), such as Dr, Professor, Lady, Dame, Baroness, etc. In most Commonwealth countries, a full stop (period) is not used with the title. In the United States and Canada a period is used (see Abbreviation).
Mrs. originated as a contraction of the honorific Mistress, the feminine of Mister, or Master, which was originally applied to both married and unmarried women. The split into Mrs. for married women from Ms. and Miss began during the 17th century.
MRS. is a no-brainer for me. (& no, I am not suggesting a married woman has no brain). She wear a wedding band and you may catch a glimpse of her sparkling engagement ring. She probably has a family. She may or may not be a career woman. All Mrs., even stay-at-home moms (SAHM) do work in some capacity, even if its taking care of her offspring.
Big Little Lies by Line Moriarty, the #1 NYT-bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret, follows three women, each at a crossroads: Madeline, Celeste and Jane. I am extremely excited to read this book as her last book was a page turning thriller.
“Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands” (lots of MRS. have them) “and second wives” (a MRS. can be that as well), “mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.”
What’s your image of MRS.? Have you read either or both of these books yet?