Have you ever used cutesy phrases to talk about your period, like “Aunt Flo is in town” or “I’m surfing the crimson tide”? Well, you’re far from being the only one. The new book Flow: the Cultural Story of Menstruation, by Elissa Stein and Susan Kim, manages to be both hilarious and educational in its approach to menstrual history. Here, they list common euphemisms for periods from around the world.

  • 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”

In other news, I am stealing that Danish phrase pronto.