Some might think that the word missus is the full version of ‘Mrs’, written down.
But this is a different word altogether – you would never use ‘missus’ for ‘Mrs’ in writing.
Imagine: ‘Dear Missus Cooper, we are writing to advise you that you are on the incorrect tax code’ – it looks quite wrong.
Oxford’s language research shows that ‘missus’ is mostly used informally to indicate a man’s wife, with either ‘my’ or ‘the’ in front of it.
a prefixal use of over, occurring in various senses in compounds (overboard; overcoat; overhang; overlord; overthrow), and esp.
employed, with the senses “over the limit,” “to excess,” “too much,” “too,” to form verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and nouns (overact; overcrowd; overfull; overweight).
It also predates atmospheric testing of the atom bomb, which significantly upset C12/C14 ratios in the following years.
It was a requirement of this Act that all such imports carried the name of the country of manufacture.This is a little awkward, but the context makes things clear.Recently the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) convened a task force to decide on an official definition of the year to go into the Système International or SI, the "metric system." The exact definition isn't important here, but the symbol they chose, "a," would happen to override geological custom by requiring everyone to use "Ma" (and ka and Ga, etc.) everywhere.To the collector the mark has greater importance, for not only can he trace the manufacturer of any marked object, but he can also ascertain the approximate date of manufacture and in several cases the exact year of production, particularly in the case of 19th and 20th century wares from the leading firms which employed private dating systems.With the increasing use of ceramic marks in the 19th century, a large proportion of English pottery and porcelain can be accurately identified and often dated.
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