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This Is What People Are Referring To Their Periods As These Days

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community what they say when it's "that time of the month." So – here you go – this is what people are calling their periods today!

1. "Kelly Kapowski can't make it to cheerleading practice."

NBC

2. "Shark week."

I call it shark week because a uterus looks like a shark brain and women on their period can sometimes be like sharks.—rebeccanelson05–I refer to it as Shark Week, because a) it’s bloody and horrifying and b) shark brains look exactly like uteruses. —alexs42167736a
pinterest.com

I call it shark week because a uterus looks like a shark brain and women on their period can sometimes be like sharks.

rebeccanelson05

–I refer to it as Shark Week, because a) it’s bloody and horrifying and b) shark brains look exactly like uteruses.

alexs42167736a

3. "Strawberry week."

4. "Butt week."

Nickelodeon

Here's a jingle that my fiancee likes to sing when I'm on mine... "It's butt week, yeah, butt week. It's like shark week, yeah.......but way more butt sex!"

janiceh47325a992

5. "I am wearing my red dress."

HBO

My husband was so confused when we first got together.

antoniaireyonw

6. "The playground is closed."

Paramount

7. "The painters are in."

Endless Poetry

shannyg

8. "Elmo."

memecrunch.com

My friends and I have called it "Elmo" since middle school.

meganf21

9. "The ninja."

Nickelodeon

It feels like an invisible ninja stabbing me in the uterus.

julial11

10. "Lady dot."

Disney

11. "I have salsa in my taco."

Disney

12. "Potato."

gifimage.net

When my girlfriends and I were just hitting puberty we wanted a way to tell each other we were on our periods without anyone else knowing, so we all would call it our "Potato." To this day we still use it if we're in public and the other always knows what is being said!

djpowpow

My roommates and I started calling it “larger potato” because we saw some post about how the uterus is the size of a potato and swells to the size of a larger potato during your period.

emilymariec3

13. "It shall not be named."

Warner Bros.

(Voldemort reference for non-Harry Potter fans.)

missgem

I call it "Voldermort."

–Tiffany Olson, Facebook

14. "Aunt Flo."

Progressive

When I’m cramping and can feel it coming, I say Aunt Flo is about to visit. She’s getting ready to unpack her bags and stay.

jenniferrr

15. "Ragging."

NBC

Or I started my rag.

sweetness120107

16. "Ms. Cleo is calling."

Warner Bros.

This was when Ms. Cleo was a thing. If it was heavy, then she had a lot to say. If it was light, she was whispering. If it was one of those horrible months, she was screaming and slamming the phone.

jkimoehl

17. "The plague."

18. "The gladiator fight."

DreamWorks

Shortly after learning about Ancient Rome in my sixth grade history class, I started referring to my periods as “the gladiator fight” because there was a lot of blood and pain.

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19. "Red wedding."

20. "Satan's waterfall."

LaFace

21. "Taylor Lautner."

Summit Entertainment

My sister and I were huge Twilight fans years ago and decided to name our periods after our favorite characters. She named hers Jacob and I named mine Taylor Lautner. It's pretty funny to say Taylor Lautner is here and gauge people's reactions around you.

letiawaddy

22. "Carl is having a nosebleed."

Fox

My vagina’s name is Carl, so when my period comes I just say, "Carl is having a nosebleed." My friends, family, and doctor are aware but were definitely super confused the first few times I said it. They were more concerned about why I named my vagina Carl.

nicoleb4a47624c2

23. "The apocalypse has come."

24. "Surfing the crimson wave."

Paramount

Only people who have seen Clueless as many times as I have seem to understand.

sydniy2

25. "My blender is missing."

Laff TV

I started using this after my cousin had a mental breakdown over her missing blender on her period.

jasminecarber

26. "My vagina's bleeding."

Disney

If someone asks me why I'm being cranky if I'm on my period, I like to look them dead in the eye and say, "Because my vagina's bleeding." Makes them uncomfortable every time and then they leave me alone which is usually what I want while menstruating.

jordanh452db4d1b

27. "The red scare."

Touchstone

28. "The pyramid."

ABC

29. "The crime scene."

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We call tampons and pads weapons.

crownedhydra02

30. "End of sentence."

20th Century Fox

31. "The devil's work day."

Arista Nashville

32. "I have a date with Pablo."

33. "Code red."

Columbia Pictures

34. "Library."

Warner Bros.

My friend randomly came up with the code word "library," so now that's just what we call it!

samanthalopez1204

35. "Cousin Patricia."

IFC Films

Cousin Patricia is the gigantic asshole of a family member who comes to stay every month for an entire week.

peggysmith

36. "The monthly bill."

Miramax

37. "The red tide."

Warner Bros.

38. "In the red tent."

39. "Fiesta."

Disney

In high school my friends started calling tampons and pads "party favors." With that, we started calling our periods our fiestas. It started out as a joke, since periods are not even close to a fiesta, but it stuck.

danipreece13

40. T.O.M.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Time of the month.

coralynncole

41. "War zone week."

Warner Bros.

42. "Steve."

Fox

My friends and I call our periods "Steve" because of that one American Dad episode.

chouinie

43. "My relatives are in town."

44. "Riding the cotton pony."

Shoutout to Shameless.–Emily Elizabeth, Facebook
Showtime

Shoutout to Shameless.

–Emily Elizabeth, Facebook

45. "Red flag."

ABC

46. "Camping trip."

Comedy Central

My middle school choir teacher always called it a "camping trip" and it has stuck with me since.

morganf4cf39e3df

47. "Martin's coming."

Universal

When my friends and I are on our period we say, "Martin's coming." Once my friend's boyfriend heard her say it and thought she was cheating on him!

jessicabartolo1

48. "The big kahuna."

49. "My uterus is redecorating."

New Line Cinema

50. "Frank is dead."

Showtime

–Andrea Schoots, Facebook

51. "Hell week."

Fox

52. "Sweeney Todd."

Paramount

I like to call mine Sweeney Todd. My husband and I both love that movie/musical, so it’s my way of telling him that lots of blood is on its way. Plus, that entire movie represents how i feel on my period.

briannamichellef

53. "The Red Sea is parting."

Paramount

54. "Ragamuffin."

New World Stage

hlo

55. "Death."

56. "Aunt Penelope."

57. Aunt Irma

Talkback Thames

Thanks to the IT Crowd, it’s been Aunt Irma for a few years.

marialuisas3

58. "Fausto."

Universal

I call it Fausto. My friend (who was born in Italy) called it like that so I started calling my period Fausto too.

bibilusaandreea

59. "Riding the red toboggan."

60. "Lady pains."

NBC

61. "Thriller is here."

Epic Records

I first got my period when Michael Jordan still played for the Bulls, so I decided to refer to the arrival of my period as "Michael Jordan visiting." I guess because the Bulls’ jerseys were red? Anyway, at some point a friend of mine confused the phrase and started saying Michael JACKSON instead, which eventually led to us saying “Thriller is here”. Ya know, “And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about to strike....”. Yeah, that actually makes more sense than Michael Jordan, anyway.

sarahelizabethr

62. "Comma."

ABC

My mom never liked the word "period," so we decided that we would call it "comma" instead. Still a punctuation mark! Even today we call it our comma.

andreag4fdc81033

63. "Oh man, I just shot Marvin in the face."

Miramax

My boyfriend and I are huge Pulp Fiction fans. When my period arrives I tell him, “Oh man, I just shot Marvin in the face.” And when it’s done I tell him, “Winston Wolf was here. Clean up is complete.”

kimberlyg4423ee78c

64. "Paul."

Dreamworks

My best friend and I called our periods Paul. So it would be like, "Oh Paul is coming in this week?"

sarahelisabethf

65. "Periodic table."

—yolomcmuffs
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66. "Bloody hell." (In an English accent, obvs.)

Warner Bros.

67. "The thing."

68. "Moon sickness."

69. "Woman week."

Pop TV

I don’t call it this but my dad always asks, "Is your sister on her 'woman week'?"

briannaalexisr

70. "I'm having unexpected guests from Krasnoyarsk/Krasnodar."

ABC

In Russia we say, "I'm having unexpected guests from Krasnoyarsk/Krasnodar." Krasnoyarsk and Krasnodar are both real cities whose names roughly translate to "red town."

elin41687f27b

71. "Little red riding hood."

72. "Leakage."

Nickelodeon

73. "Marshmallow time."

Columbia Pictures

I went to an all girls Catholic school and in my class we would refer to it as marshmallow time because our code name for pads was marshmallow. It was not unusual for girls in my class to scream, "Who has Marshmallows?"

taonga2000

74. "Placebo week."

Pop TV

This started when I was on the pill and my period would come when I switched to the placebo pills. Even though I'm not on the pill anymore, I still use that phrase!

spartycopper

75. "Princess time."

NBC

76. "The bloody Niagara has begun."

77. "I am 'on.'"

78. "Little ketchup packet."

Made up by my boyfriend.—ashleyp40ffc5396
theneedvillecountrygirl / Via instagram.com

Made up by my boyfriend.

ashleyp40ffc5396

79. "Girly time."

Nickelodeon

80. "Claire."

NBC

My sister and I call it "Claire" because in the movie The Clique, the mean girls put paint on Claire's chair in art class and laugh at her and say she got her period on her white pants.

laurens48462bfca

81. "Fox bag week."

Disney

One of my friends has a little fox bag she keeps her "supplies" in so we all call our period "fox bag week."

sadiesullivan76

82. "Fire ants in the hole."

—supafly60mac
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83. "Riding the red dragon."

Disney

84. "Lady juices are flowing."

85. "Krampus."

86. "The red devil."

SNL

87. "Box troll."

3 Arts Entertainment

–Ash Engelhardt, Facebook

88. "Question mark."

Warner Bros.

89. "Kitty's got a bloody nose."

New Line Cinema

90. "Out of commission."

STX Films

I used to tell my ex I was out of commission.

jessical406f0e7a0

91. "The red moon is rising."

HBO

92. "The devil in liquid form."

Fox

93. "Snake spotting week."

MTV

A study found menstruating women can spot snakes better.

–Lyn Baker, Facebook

94. "Dementor."

NBC

I really fall in despair, and all hope and happiness is drained away...also I need high amounts of chocolate to overcome.

–Diana Pink, Facebook

95. "I'm patching."

Orion Pictures

–Delilah Rivin, Facebook

96. "The French Reign of Terror is coming."

Shudder

Probably not the best, but anyone who knows what happened in the French Revolution knows how terrible this is.

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97. "Delicate state."

ABC

Lnmunz

98. "Mother nature."

Super Simple

99. "Emily."

100. "The monthly curse is here."

Disney

101. "I’m on my effing period and I’m miserable because I’m bleeding out of my vagina."

Disney

It’s 2018 and we shouldn’t have to sugar coat our periods anymore. It’s a normal bodily function and we, as women, should have the right to talk about it honestly and openly.

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