Mr or Mr.?

By | April 20, 2013

My spell checker told me that ‘Mr.’ was wrong!! I was very surprised and then had one of those brain freeze moments where I couldn’t remember exactly what is the correct way to write ‘Mister’.

Thank god for Google! Years ago these problems would have caused serious brain ache, but with the advent of the internet, these little issues are quickly resolved. So, this brings me to this blog post, do we write Mr or Mr.?

Actually, it depends on where you come from. Mr. is used in American English whereas us British use Mr without a full stop at the end. As this is a title, the letter M is always capitalised both in American and British English.

Mr or Mr.?The term ‘Mister’ is a commonly used title in the English language. It is derived from the word ‘Master’ which is used for boys and young men. However, nowadays, you’ll rarely hear the word ‘Master’ being used in this way.

The female equivalent is Mrs, Miss and Ms and the same rules with the full stop apply. In British English is is not a requirement to use the full stop at the end, whereas in American English, a ‘period’ is used after these titles.

In English, we use the title Mr with our surname. In my case, I would be “Mr Lake” but in the United States, I would be “Mr. Lake”! However, in some cultures Mr is often used with the first name. For example, in parts of Africa and Asia, I have been called Mr William on numerous occasions.

“Mister” can also be used in other ways. For example, a man posing as a model on a calendar for the month of May, might be referred to as Mr May. Or, as another example, somebody who is a master in his profession or very interested in something might affectionately or sarcastically be called, Mr Football or Mr Food!

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