How Women Around the World Talk About Their Periods
We have a lot of different ways to talk about menstruation: "I’m on my period," "Code red," "Aunt Flow is in town." Here’s how women in other countries talk about that time of the month.
“Les Anglais ont Débarqué”
Translation: The English have landed (because British soldiers were redcoats… Get it?)
“Der Er Kommunister i Lysthuset”
Translation: There are communists in the funhouse.
In South Africa:
“Granny’s stuck in traffic.”
“Eu sou com Chico.”
Translation: I’m with Chico (i.e. socialist Chico Mendes who was assassinated in the 80s).
“Little sister has come.”
“I’m wearing a jam rag.”
Translation: Strawberry week
Translation: Little Miss Strawberry
“I’m flying the Japanese flag.”
“Hullum lechman tauti.”
Translation: Mad cow disease
“I’ve got the flags out.”
In Puerto Rico:
“Te canto el gallo”
Translation: Did the rooster already sing?