19 DECEMBER 1981, Page 26

Of maidens. . .

Sir: Far from being a 'typographical monstrosity' (Letters, 5 December), M/S is in constant use in racing circles as an abbreviation of 'Maiden at Starting'. As such it would seem a particularly apt form of address for a Miss, Mrs, or Mistress, or even for Ms B. M. Cook.

H. Thomson Jones

Green Lodge, The Severals, Newmarket, Suffolk