Ah, the language of love. From the subtle euphemisms of the 19th century to the slang of the 21st, it’s always been a way for us to talk about something that’s both intimate and taboo. Whether it’s sipping cocktails, rebelling against the establishment, or getting medieval, there’s always been a way to talk about sex without saying it directly. 

In this list, we’ll explore some of the most popular slang terms for sex and drugs over the years, from "horizontal refreshments" to "candyflipping" (which, for the best experience, you might want to consider combining). We’ll also look at how language has been used to both romanticize and demonize certain activities, as well as how it’s been used to normalize or even celebrate them. So, if you’re looking for a way to talk about what goes on between the sheets (and more) without saying it directly, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get started!

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