One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A broad diagonal stripe from top right to bottom left of a shield (a supposed sign of bastardy).
- ‘The diminutives of the bend sinister are the scarp, which is half its width; and the baton, half as wide as the scarp and couped.’
- ‘The other problem, of course, is placing a blue bend sinister on a field divided half blue and half yellow.’
- ‘Having the shield set per bend sinister means there's a bastard somewhere back up the line.’
bend sinister/ˈˌbend ˈsinəstər/
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