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#1 Old 10-26-2007, 07:40 PM
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A comment from mrrple in the period disrespect thread inspired me to start this thread.



What are all the euphemisms for "I'm menstruating"? I'll list the ones I can recall, and everyone else jump in.



1. I'm on my period.

2. It's a woman thing/woman's issue/girl stuff.

3. Aunt Flo is visiting.

4. It's that time of the month.

5. I'm on the rag.

6. I'm gathering floss.

7. I'm... you know.

8. It's That Week.

9. It's moontime.

10. My flow is here.

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I only like to refer to it as my moon (moon time), my cycle or as menstruation. It's a sacred time, not to be disparaged or taken lightly, but to be honored.



I've heard others say all you've listed above, plus "TOM" (time of month) and several more derogatory terms.

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Sure, I agree with honoring one's menstrual cycle, but I wanted to make a list of the ways we get around being direct so I know what a woman is talking about if she uses a phrase I hadn't heard.

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Yey! A thread inspired by me I feel special.



At school, I hear people say:

"I have cramps."

"I've got the war."

"Female functions suck."



And all of the stuff from above as well.
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I just found this "mentionary" online. Some of it's a tad crude, so read at your own discretion.

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Weird link. Never heard most of those before o.o
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" Taking Carrie to the prom" " What on earth? How did this one get started?

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Carrie (in Stephen King's novel) was drenched in buckets of pig's blood at the prom in an act of humiliation from her peers.

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Yeah a lot of them are REALLY ridiculous.



" My red-headed cousin from down south"

" Ordering l'Omelette Rouge"

" On the blob"

XD They all sound rather silly to me.
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Sure, I agree with honoring one's menstrual cycle, but I wanted to make a list of the ways we get around being direct so I know what a woman is talking about if she uses a phrase I hadn't heard.

Oh, I didn't think you were being disrespectful.



It's something I feel strongly about and have spent a fair amount of time studying, conducting interviews, researching and presenting on. I have also spent time mentoring and teaching with indigenous Spirit women and have taught "Moon Time Magic, Honoring the Sacred Feminine" at teen camps.

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Oh, "Riding/Surfing the Red Tide" is another one I have heard.

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When I was a kid, the period was called The Curse. I still think of it that way.



I once had a coworker who referred to her period as "Mr. Visitor" I thought it was very strange that she would make her period male.



I actually like the euphemism used in the movie Paper Moon (which was set in the 1930's): "Nothing to worry about. She's just having her Ladies' Time."

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I just found this "mentionary" online. Some of it's a tad crude, so read at your own discretion.



Some of that stuff is really funny.



"Dracula's tea bag"

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The most common one I hear from teenagers is "I have cramps" even though cramps does not always signify the start of a menstrual cycle. Seems like everyone I know uses that phrase though. I use 'the war' because, I don't know. It just seems like a war to me. A really annoying war.
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"Can I borrow a tampon?"

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Man, that's one borrowed item I would NEVER want returned!

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It's like borrowing a cup of sugar.... It'll be a different color when you get it back!

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Oh, NO you di'nt!!!




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A friend of mine once told me "Tom is in town." I didn't get it... but now I do! Time Of Month= TOM!
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"TOM" (time of month)


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A friend of mine once told me "Tom is in town." I didn't get it... but now I do! Time Of Month= TOM!



When Tom is in town, as in the WHOLE town, that's when you end up with menstrual synchrony.




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"the ***** disease"
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That happens at teen camp every Summer, to the teens and the staff.

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When Tom is in town, as in the WHOLE town, that's when you end up with menstrual synchrony.






That happens at teen camp every Summer, to the teens and the staff.

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When I was younger, one of my teenage friends said she was "OTR" (meaning short for: on the rag) around my Mom, and my Mother that was a derogatory term and we should say we were "over the rainbow" (same initials - OTR) instead... which of course, sent us teens into hysterical giggles.



But that's the term several of us used from then on, at least through high-school.
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When I was younger, one of my teenage friends said she was "OTR" (meaning short for: on the rag) around my Mom, and my Mother that was a derogatory term and we should say we were "over the rainbow" (same initials - OTR) instead... which of course, sent us teens into hysterical giggles.



But that's the term several of us used from then on, at least through high-school.



Over the Rainbowthat's awesome! It's a lot more celebratory.



Now if your pads started looking like rainbows, you should worry...

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When Tom is in town, as in the WHOLE town, that's when you end up with menstrual synchrony.






Yep. My teenagers' cycles and mine are definitely pretty synchronised. Stay away from OUR house at certain times, that's all I can say - we've been know to hold people at gunpoint for their chocolate...







(kidding about the gun thing...)
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Yep. My teenagers' cycles and mine are definitely pretty synchronised. Stay away from OUR house at certain times, that's all I can say - we've been know to hold people at gunpoint for their chocolate...







(kidding about the gun thing...)



What I want to know is why someone would bring chocolate to your house without intention of sharing. That would be cruel under any circumstances!

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What I want to know is why someone would bring chocolate to your house without intention of sharing. That would be cruel under any circumstances!



Thing is... she doesn't want to share. There are certain times when I have the same philosophy!

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Hahahaha... well, yeah, there is that. Actually it's pretty convenient, I can stock up on chocolate and whatever else we "need" well in advance...
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