Falling in line with the Wicked Wednesday theme, here are some Victorian Euphemisms for certain…er…female things.
Adultery: Criminal Conversation
Brothel: House of Ill Repute, Sporting House, Temple of Venus, Den of Vice, Disorderly House
Condoms: French Letters, French Male Safes, French Secrets
Female Genitals: The Box, Pandora’s Box
Loss of Virginity: Deflower(ing), Loss of Honor and Ornament, Tossing Away the Jewel of her Soul
Male Genitals: Peculiar Members, Secrets
Menstruation: The Monthly Sickness, Love’s Eternal Wound, The Curse/The Curse of Eve
Pantaloons: Unmentionables, Inexpressibles
Prostitutes: Degraded Daughters of Eve, Soiled Doves, Fallen Women, Daughters of Pleasure, The Fair but not Frail, Immoral Temptress, Aspasia, Girl on the Town, The Unfortunate Children of Sorrow, Bawds
Prostitution: The Great Social Evil, The Horizontal Trade, The Frail Sisterhood, The Practice of Debauchery, Criminal Connection
Pubic Hair (female): Cupid’s Arbor
Sexual Intercourse: Sexual Congress, Carnal Connection, Carnal Knowledge, Sparking, Conjugal Attachment
Venereal Disease: Social Disease, The Bad Disorder, The Frightful Physical Malady, The Private Disease
~*~Since the majority of my books are in the Regency Era, I didn’t know a lot of these until I had to do some research to write for the Victorian Era (westerns). It’s really interesting how very few of these words crossed eras!