Inns, Taverns, and Women

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Familiar with the word “spinster?” It’s become an archaic term, but for a while was the word used for an unmarried woman.

It actually means person who spins, but the -ster ending makes it feminine.

What, then, are we to make of the fairly common English surname “Brewster.” Same feminine ending.

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