How do you spell whatever word is shortened to Mrs.? Please tell me it isn't "missus."
-- Keith, Antioch, Illinois
So this is what's on the minds of you flatlanders. The soybeans are in, so the mind wanders, eh? So, yeah, it has nothing to do with missus. It's an abbreviation for an even better word, mistress. And if you have more than one mistress, they're mesdames (in French) or madams in Illinois.