Just months after abolishing marriage, the British are now doing away with spinsters.
Spinster has been in use since the 14th century, but was not used to describe a single woman considered to be past the marrying age until the early 1600s. From December 21, it will no longer officially exist in Britain. It will no longer appear on the marriage certificate of anyone, whether heterosexual or gay, apparently "to make things consistent so civil marriages and civil partnerships are registered in the same way", according to the Registrar General's Office.
Webster's defines a spinster as "a woman of evil life and character", so it's perhaps not surprising that feminists are pleased at its abolition. [Link]