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Distaff can refer to "women's work" (an archaic term) or a spinning wheel, but it can also refer to the female side of a family. That is, the maternal side. Most families, at least in the West, are patrilineal, meaning they trace families through the father (like with surname). Severus Snape is a Prince on his mother's side, hence a distaff member of the family. You can see here and here  for a discussion of the term. Oread 16:11, 17 March 2008 (UTC)
- Why would that need to be specified? 188.8.131.52 20:14, 17 March 2008 (UTC)
- A previous edit asked for clarification, which is why I explained the term here. I just think it's strange to list Severus Snape as a Prince when he's not really - he's a Snape. We don't list Draco Malfoy as a Black, or Ron and Ginny as Prewetts, and so on. Why should this be an exception? Oread 01:27, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
In my opinion, the Snape family and Prince family articles should not be merged. For one, the Princes were a pure-blood family. The Snapes were a Muggle family that now has some magical blood (Severus Snape). Also, they are distinct families, even if they are related to one another (e.g. like the Blacks and the Malfoys). Lastly, what would the merged article be called? The "Prince-Snape family"? I can't think of anything else, and it's far from a canon term. Oread 22:29, 27 July 2008 (UTC)