I had asked my friend what uses of 「ご無沙汰」exist and the situations people use them in. Among others, she had remarked that it could mean something along the lines of "not having sexual intercourse for a long time". Is this really the case?

If so, who uses it and in what way? I have tried to find some source explaining this, but haven't as of yet.

  • Yes but I don't think that's feminine. And we use it in conversation too.
    – user1016
    Jul 14, 2012 at 0:57
  • Interesting... Is it a case where using it in a conversation for its original meaning would elicit unintended giggles?
    – Dave
    Jul 14, 2012 at 3:22
  • Haha.. No I think we usually know what is meant by the context. (We often say like 「"あっちの方は"ご無沙汰してる」or something when we mean "not having sexual blah blah...")
    – user1016
    Jul 14, 2012 at 4:10

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Yes, it can mean that implicitly. I feel like it would be something found in a "Women's Magazine" talking about sex life, so I feel it is somewhat feminine. Also, using polite speech in these ways is also feminine I think (or you might also find it on the cover of a pornography).

  • Would it be possible to give an example?
    – Chris
    Jul 15, 2012 at 7:12
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    What kind of example? Here is an article from a Women's Magazine that uses the phrase.
    – Jesse Good
    Jul 15, 2012 at 20:22

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