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Pan and Pani

Pan and Pani are the basic honorific styles used in Polish to refer to a man or woman, respectively. In the past, these styles were reserved to members of the szlachta (Polish aristocracy) and played more or less the same roles as "Lord" or "Sir" and "Lady" or "Madame" in English. Since the 19th century, they have come to be used in all strata of society and may be considered equivalent to the English "Mr." and "Ms." There used to be a separate style, Panna ("Miss"), applied to an unmarried woman, but this is outdated and replaced by Pani.


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