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To wonder how on earth AF has become the worldwide accepted words for period?

(30 Posts)
Udderly Tue 31-May-11 21:00:22

Why not TOTM? Or something else similar? Where did it start or how did it catch on?

usualsuspect Tue 31-May-11 21:02:02

I don't know anyone that says AF for periods in RL ...only on MN

cannydoit Tue 31-May-11 21:03:24

ummmmmm i did not know that meant period until you just said it, what does it stand for.

WhoAteMySnickers Tue 31-May-11 21:03:41

I hate AF. But at least it's better than "on the blob".

SpeedyGonzalez Tue 31-May-11 21:05:07

Isn't AF "AnyFucker"?


fearnelinen Tue 31-May-11 21:05:50

Shed some light please! AF?
(I have just figured out TOTM though!)

Mrsdoasyouwouldbedoneby Tue 31-May-11 21:06:09

I only hear it online. RL is usually period or "i'm on", or "that time of the mth"... ahhhh realised what TTOTM stands for.

Mrsdoasyouwouldbedoneby Tue 31-May-11 21:07:08

isn't AF Aunty Flo?

No real idea as to why

onepieceofcremeegg Tue 31-May-11 21:07:37

Someone I know put it on fb and everyone apart from me was hmm??
(it was in the context she had been bf for years so this was first appearance in a long time and she was moaning about the cost of sanpro)

Clearly she isn't on here as she didn't mention mooncups. wink

sabretoothtiger Tue 31-May-11 21:09:59

What does AF stand for?

My mother always referred to it as "tellying". I asked her why when I was about 30 and wished I hadn't. It was the time of the month when you couldn't *&^££/~ and so you might as well watch the telly! blush parents!

cannydoit Tue 31-May-11 21:10:18

oh hang on is it after flow good god thats a bit, well i dont really know but for some reason i object to it grin

FutureNannyOgg Tue 31-May-11 21:11:42

It's Aunt Flo, as in "Aunt Flo has arrived for a visit" which I imagine was originally a code that not everyone got - perhaps it still is wink

I prefer "have the decorators in", although it got confusing when we were doing the house up.

Hassled Tue 31-May-11 21:12:37

I've never heard of AF outside of MN. Does it really exist elsewhere?

manicbmc Tue 31-May-11 21:13:09

Why would someone put that on facebook confused

FutureNannyOgg Tue 31-May-11 21:13:50

There was also an episode of the IT Crowd where they called it "Aunt Irma", possible to protect the identity of dear ole Florence.

BabyDubsEverywhere Tue 31-May-11 21:14:41

I say 'I'm broken' just how i feel with menstral cramping and general crappy attitude blush

MrsCog Tue 31-May-11 21:14:47

I think period is fine - surely we're all grown ups? P arrived today? Or am I just too simplistic - it's like BD or SWI - what's wrong with sex or shag? Am I breaking mn ettiquette too early in my MN career?!

cunexttuesonline Tue 31-May-11 21:15:44

I think it's mainly an internet thing. Not just MN though. I don't like it, it's twee.

onepieceofcremeegg Tue 31-May-11 21:18:48

manic it was her status, something like "after 3 years of absence Aunty Flo has decided to visit and she is costing me a fortune"

Not the type of status I would use but each to their own I s'pose.

crazynanna Tue 31-May-11 21:20:18

I may be being disgusting here,but I thought it was Flo(w) wink

Udderly Tue 31-May-11 21:21:43

Its all over the internet, and yes it stands for AF (though I shall think of AnyFucker now if it ever makes an appearance again after BF grin ) AUNT FLOW! I find it quite strange!!

Meita Tue 31-May-11 21:22:01

MrsCog SWI does stand for sex or shag (with intent). It's fairly new though, I was around when it was introduced on MN!

When I was a teenager and living in Switzerland, some people would say 'Tante Rosa' i.e. Auntie Rose is visiting, it was 'code' to get out of swimming classes without having to tell the (male) teacher intimate female stuff. I never did get it though, and wouldn't miss swimming for periods anyway. Suspect it's similar with AF.

wigglesrock Tue 31-May-11 21:23:56

When I first joined MN for an antenatal thread I had to look up AF, I had never seen it used, I'm in NI, we have periods or sometimes "time of the month". I now think of it as a very English thing grin as well as reading bands grin

Udderly Tue 31-May-11 21:25:34

SWI is marginally better than BD'ing! Marginally!!

ClaireDeLoon Tue 31-May-11 21:27:34

I hate it when people get all sneery and 'grown up' about acronyms like SWI. Not OP she's just wondering why one set of acronyms more widely used now.

I never came across AF until I joined mn, would agree TOTM I would have recognised.

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