Discussion in 'English Only' started by Paulfromitaly, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. Paulfromitaly

    Paulfromitaly MODerator

    Brescia (Italy)

    An American friend of mine often tells me that she feels "periody", namely that she's cranky and very sensitive because of PMS.

    Is it just a word she made up, since I can't find it in any dictionary?
    Would a native speaker understand what she means by "periody", out of context?

    Thank you
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2010
  2. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    I've never heard that one before, Paul. I sure couldn't find any support for it in any reputable dictionary that I have access to. I'd likely understand the word in context, but I wouldn't have a clue what it meant if somebody were to introduce it without alerting me that we were talking about menstruation.
  3. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    I don't think the word actually exists, but yes, I'd say that 50% of the English-speaking world would definitely understand it. I knew what it meant as soon as I saw your thread title:).
  4. Gwan Senior Member

    Indre et Loire, France
    New Zealand, English
    Yep, what Loob said :)
  5. envie de voyager Senior Member

    Niagara Falls, Canada
    To tell you the truth, when I saw the thread title, I assumed the thread was going to be about clothing. For instance, if a woman was wearing a hobble skirt and a bobbed hair-do, she would look like a flapper from the roaring twenties period... she would be dressed "periody". I suppose I must be one of the 50% that didn't instantly understand the intended meaning.:D
  6. Paulfromitaly

    Paulfromitaly MODerator

    Brescia (Italy)
    Thank you :)
    Although she definitely made it up, I must say it does convey the moody/cranky/sensitive/tetchy idea quite well, as long as it's put in a context.
  7. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    Ah, well, you would be, envie. I've just looked at the gender part of your profile:).
  8. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southwest France
    English - England
    In the days when I studied population statistics, in most countries there were 107 female babies born for every 100 male ones, nevertheless I think I got the point. They may have changed all that now, of course.

    I reckon I, on the wrong side of the sex barrier, would understand what was meant very well, but I don't think I've ever heard the expression.
  9. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    I think your friend coined "periody" on the basis of words like "flu-y". It's not an "official" word, but very expressive.

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