Shark Week. Aunt Flo. Period.
All of these words are euphemisms for one thing: menstruation. So why can’t we just use the word menstruation? Well, there’s probably a lot of reasons, ranging from everything from social pressures to the idea that the word is just a little bit hard to say.
A recent international survey conducted by the health app Clue found that¬†there are “over 5,000 different slang/euphemistic expressions and phrases for periods: from the gentle English ‘Aunt Flo,’ to the dramatic French ‘Les Anglais ont debarqu√©’ ‚Äď ‘the English have landed.'”
In addition, the survey concluded, “French and English were the two most creative languages, and France and China were the two countries in which most people had heard euphemisms being used (91%). By contrast, only half of Costa Ricans had heard any euphemisms.”
Even though there’s no reason to be afraid of the word “period” or “menstruation,” we still like to get a little creative ‚ÄĒ and it’s almost a language on its own.
It actually makes “that time of the month” almost bearable. Almost.