Article of the Day: Spinsters

Article of the Day:

By the 14th century, a woman whose occupation was spinning thread to be woven into cloth was called a “spinster.” Over time, the term came to denote unmarried women of any occupation—many of whom engaged in spinning as a respectable way to earn income—and began being used in official legal documents to refer to a woman who had never married. Despite its negative connotations, its use persisted into the 21st century. When was the term finally replaced in the legal documents of the UK? More…:

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