Thursday, September 9, 2010

Spinster

spinster


PRONUNCIATION:

(SPIN-stuhr)


MEANING:

noun:

1. A woman who has remained single beyond the usual age of marrying.

2. In law, a woman who has never married.

3. A woman whose occupation is spinning.


ETYMOLOGY:

From Middle English spinnestere (a woman who spins), from the fact that in earlier times spinning yarn was one of the jobs done by an unmarried woman.

And a thought:
Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way. -E.L. Doctorow, writer (b. 1931)

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