Wait, What?? Bay of Pigs Invasion, Mutually Assured Destruction, and Other Cold War Terms That Aren’t Actually Slang Terms for Sex!

Nowadays there seems to be so many slang terms for sex, genitals, and other sexual activities among Gen Z. But many people have forgotten where some of these terms even came from. Others are unaware they used to mean anything nonsexual at all! In fact, some of the best sex-slang around originated from a little historical event known as the Cold War, so here are our top picks!

Everyone knows the story behind this one: the story of the three little piggies eventually became a euphemism for a threesome. But Bay of Pigs Invasion used to mean something very different during the Cold War: a failed attempt that created a very awkward situation for JFK, Castro, and Khrushchev.

Mutually Assured Destruction

Many people think this term arose from TikTok as a way to explain a catastrophic end to an otherwise platonic relationship. During the Cold War, this term referred to destruction of all humanity. But to be honest, that sounds a lot more pleasant than seeing your past situationship on the way to class.

Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

I know, even I was shocked this made the list! I also use this to refer to my rock hard penis all the time. And no, this is not pronounced “Intercumtinental Ball Listic Missile”!

Naval Blockade

Usually used as a replacement for “blue balls”, this term originally referred to John F. Kennedy’s blockade on Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Granted, thinking about Fidel Castro will probably still give you a Naval Blockade.


Most people think this has to do with communal activities, public ownership of property, and sharing the wealth, but no, this has nothing to do with an orgy. This actually refers to some kind of government system. The confusion likely originates from the fact that no matter how good both systems sound, they never work.

Doomsday Clock

The corrected form of the common misspelling “Doomsday Cock”, which rather than signifying the end of your childhood innocence, actually signifies the end of humanity as we know it.

Ronald Reagan

Shockingly, this is the name of a real U.S. President and not a codeword for a small penis. Who would have thought?

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