There are Communists in the Funhouse

Oh, the many terms by which we refer to menstruation!

“It is also called the catamenia or catamenial flow. Other terms are: the periods, courses, monthlies, turns, monthly changes, sickness, flowers, to be unwell, to be regular.”

–Woman: Her Sex and Love Life

Of course, while catemenia certainly does the job, there are plenty of other euphemisms to refer to this monthly event, including these international phrases, gleaned from The Gloss and Flow: the Cultural Story of Menstruation, by Elissa Stein and Susan Kim.

• The Netherlands: “The tomato soup is overcooked”
• Brazil: “I’m with Chico”
• China: “Little Sister has come”
• many parts of Latin America: “Jenny has a red dress on”
• Australia: “I’ve got the flags out”
• Denmark: “There are Communists in the funhouse”
• Ireland: “I’m wearing a jam rag”
• England: “I’m flying the Japanese flag”
• Japan: “Little Miss Strawberry”
• France: “The English have arrived”
• Germany: “The cranberry woman is coming”
• Puerto Rico: “Did the rooster already sing?”
• South Africa: “Granny’s stuck in traffic”

I also put out the question to followers of the @hersteria Twittergraph. Here are some favorite answers. So many aunts visiting and Soviets invading!

“Riding the tomato boat” and “Aunt Millie is visiting” – Tammy

“‘The eagle has landed, I repeat, the eagle has landed. Anyone have a landing pad?’ That’s what I heard in high school. Lutherans, eh?” – Jim

“Red Dollar Day Sale” and “a visit from Aunt Flo” – Wendy

“Ride the cotton pony”

“Crimson tide! I was salty when I realized that was the nickname for Alabama, I thought I made it up.” – @DazzlingRayn

“The painters are in” and “shark week” – DJ Intel

“fallen to the Russians” and variations of “my friend” – Rose Red

“Riding the crimson wave, god’s gaping gash, walking the red line, bloody hell Mary, river runneth red, Dexter Morgan’s crime scene” – boots electric

“BLABBT (Bleeding Like A Big Bleedy Thing)” – Amy C

5 comments to There are Communists in the Funhouse

  1. duhvig says:

    Man, that “Communists in the funhouse” one really opens up the political color/body effluent euphemisms, eh?

    Diahrrea: “there are Fascists on the porch”

    Ejaculation: “The pacifists are shooting their cannon”

    Vomit: “The Green party is BLAAURGH”.

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  3. Scott says:

    I knew a girl who referred to it as “being on-call.” Since I’m in IT and actually have to carry a pager at times, I assumed she meant something else, and couldn’t understand why that was an issue.

    “Don’t worry, so am I!”

  4. Zoe says:

    Can’t say I’ve ever heard anyone say they “have the flags out”; it’s mostly “she’s on the rags” here

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