There’s another word that’s similar from the world of archetypes–crone. These terms would not be insults if our culture had the right attitude about age. White hair should be considered a mark of wisdom and earned respect. (I write this though I have my white hairs carefully dyed about once a month.) A battle-axe can hurt you if you cross the wrong line, but she will always try and make things fair, worthwhile, beautiful, and true. I consider myself a battle-axe in training. Just a few more years, and watch it!