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The-Shadow

noun; compounding
Refers to the ugly effects that occur to the female population during menstruation in which there are noticeable under-eye circles, pale cheeks and an overall look of tiredness The-shadow is still a greatly obscure term since it applies only to half the population and even then does not affect all of the half. The compounding term uses the shadow metaphor to describe what happens to women once a month. The metaphorical shadow seems to cover the attractive features of women and their liveliness. I believe it was coined because there wasn't really another term that would describe all of the side effects in one phrase. Furthermore, saying "I look so ugly" does not express why as much as "I have the-shadow" does. I have only heard a select number of girls refer to this and it is mostly observed only in younger adults. Also, I believe the term was coined in order to discuss it with other girls in a type of code without males being fully aware of what was going on. Questions such as "do I have the-shadow?" would receive the needed response from another female without letting the males know what she was truly asking.
 
Ugh, I look so ugly because of the shadow.
Etymology : The-shadow. From Old English pe 'demonstrative pronoun and adj.' + Old English sceadwian 'to protect as if with wings'
Source : Claire
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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