At the grand age of 26 you probably still have excellent skin tone, the ability to bounce back from a night out and a highly functioning metabolism.

You also, hopefully, have literally ALL your life ahead of you. Exciting, eh?

But once upon a time, 26 was considered as "over the hill" – if you happened to be a woman, of course.

In fact, if you’d not managed to pin down a husband and pop a couple of kids out by this age, there was a term for you.

Sophia Benoit, from California, discovered the word and – surprise, surprise – it wasn’t meant to be very flattering.

Historically, all the single ladies under 25 were dubbed "spinsters".

Sophie also pointed out on Twitter that child-free unmarried women age 26 onwards were called "thornbacks".

"I just found out that spinster used to be reserved for women 23-26 and that after you turned 26 if you were unmarried you became a… THORNBACK. How f*****g great is that name?" she wrote.

Sophia’s right – it certainly sounds a lot more powerful than "spinster".

By sharing this information, which quickly went viral, it seems "thornback" might actually catch on.

Author Rebecca Traister writes about the term thornback in her book All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation.

She explains: "At twenty-six, women without spouses became thornbacks, a reference to a sea-skate with sharp spines covering its back and tail. It was not a compliment."

Fair enough, but in 2019 it might just become one.

As one woman wrote: "It sounds like unmarried women evolve from spiders into dragons and I dig it!"

So do we!

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