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Spear side

Posted by R. Berg on November 04, 2002

In Reply to: Re: Distaff vs. spear-side? posted by ESC on November 04, 2002

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: It says here:
: http://www.sfquiz.org.uk/Quizzes/01nov12.html
: In heraldry, what is the opposite of distaff, spindle, or female side?
: SPEAR-SIDE

Webster's confirms that "spear" is correct, though archaic. Spear is opposed to spindle. (Women spin, men fight.)