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"safe words" in foreign languages?

one of the episodes of the british sitcom Coupling had a neat scene where they showed one scene twice between two people who didn't speak each others' native language. As in, one character spoke english and the other person spoke icelandish or something, and they did a scene, and then they replayed it from the icelandish person's perspective as if icelandish was english and english was gibberish.

just now, i had this odd thought: what if you were in some sort of bdsm relationship or one-night-stand or something with someone who spoke another language and didn't understand yours? how do you communicate to each other the idea of a 'safe word'? which language would you use to come up with the safe word, and what factors are involved in choosing? would you always use the bottom's language or the top's language if the roles were reversed (thus having two different safe words)?

i bet i'll never know since not only would the circumstance be rare but the chances that it could be brought up in casual conversation are even rarer. silly sexually repressed contry that we are. but it's an interesting thing to think about for some reason.


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Nov. 19th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
this concept is already addressed in the movie Eurotrip. The guy goes to Amsterdam or somewhere and goes to a whorehouse where a woman gives him a code word for when she gets too rough, but he can't say it. Hilarious.
Nov. 19th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
that didn't post the way I wanted it to... :/ its the word :)
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
^^ Haha, I remember that.

But yeah, you come up with some interesting ponderings, man. =P But to actually answer that question, I don't think it would reasonably if ever work because I can't realistically imagine two people GETTING to the point of BDSM sex when they can't understand a word of what the other is saying.
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)

no means no in a lot of languages.
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)
true, but safe words are typically not as simple as 'no' since sometimes 'no' is part of the bdsm play.
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:09 am (UTC)

I know. I was being facetious.
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)

thought it was an odd comment coming from you. :)
Nov. 20th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
I guess I never thought of that.
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