Span

I know it’s in the dictionary but it’s marked archaic damn it! That means it hasn’t been in use more or less since printing came to Europe. So why am I reading it in a contemporary novel? Why am I reading it in a Science Fiction novel?
Come on guys and gals. It just sounds so wrong. The modern word is spun. Let’s leave span for gaps, bridges and hands. OK?

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