How to Abbreviate Master

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Abbreviating the word "master" is generally not done, but it has developed into the word "mister" over time, which is abbreviated by writing "Mr." before a name. Understand title abbreviations with advice from a former classroom instructor in this free video on writing.

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Hi, I'm Laura, from, and I'm going to talk about how to abbreviate the word master. Well, if you look at the history of the word master, it's actually become mister, in our usage, and of course the abbreviation for mister, is Mr. with a period. Somewhere along the way, twelfth or thirteenth century, mister and master started being used interchangeably, and then in more recent history, mister has become the common pronunciation for that title. Master now, is sometimes used in a very formal way, to refer to a young boy, and there's a lot of debate about when someone changes from master to mister, in that sense, but there is really no abbreviation for the word master, if you're using it as a title for a boy, like in a formal sense, that sometimes someone who is a ring bearer is called master so and so, so you just need to write that word out, if that is what you, if you want to use that title, so that's a little bit about how to abbreviate master.


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