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10 June, 2005

Why 'stags' and 'hens'?

I've just noticed posters around campus advertising a theatre group production of Willy Russell's 'Stags And Hens'.  As usual, this triggered a trivial chain of thought: why 'stags' and 'hens'?

'Stag party' makes some sense, but 'hen party' is less intuitive.  Then again, more consistent analogies aren't entirely appropriate, either.  Stags and hinds?  Not really.  Cocks and hens?  Er, no.

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