The word ‘mistress’ is now ‘cancelled’

Try companion, friend or lover instead

Don’t say it.

Do not use the word ‘mistress’ to refer to someone hooking up with a married man.

Associated Press (AP) has eliminated the word from its Style Guide, suggesting ‘lover’ or ‘companion’ be used instead.

AP says the issue is ‘mistress’ doesn’t have a male equivalent.

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