Thursday, January 05, 2006

inner dork

Did you know the term, "spinster" refering to a woman who has never been married back in olden days refers to the fact that other than being a prostitute spinning yarn was pretty much the only way for a woman to make any kind of income. Therefore, if a woman wasn't married she was spinning yarn, or she was a spinster. Which, later became a term basically meaning, old maid.

4 comments:

loveschoolhouserock said...

I knew a girl that got married in Jamaica and her marriage certificte said she was a "spinster." She turned to her husband and said "honey, how did they know I take spinning classes?"

Party Girl said...

I don't know whether I should laugh or cry.

AeroAangel said...

why do men get to be old and single and they get elegant terms like "bachelor" or "playboy" and women have to be spinsters and old maids?

Party Girl said...

ah, the old double standard. Not to mention the fact that you can be an old maid by your late 30's-40's...lovely.