Sleeping around or to sleep with
The word sleep is such a lovely one conjuring up a pleasant bodily function of rest and natural suspension. However, if someone is ‘sleeping around’ this is to be sexually promiscuous and to ‘sleep with’ is to have sexual intercourse. So the word sleep has had ‘add-ons’ and these new meanings have demoralised the original word.
These ‘add-ons’ have possibly eventuated because the promiscuous activities have sleep features. These activities might be happening when one should be sleeping, or is in the place where one often sleeps.
So, just be mindful when using ‘sleeping’ and ‘around’ consecutively. If you are asking your mother if your sister is sleeping around her boyfriend’s house…don’t pause at the wrong spot!!
The beauty of our language is it evolves and changes and we take part in that. And on a positive note, ‘sleeping around’ is also a nice way of suggesting someone is being promiscuous! Saying the few alternatives isn’t as nice!I also think people keeping in mind how the word ‘sleep’ looks on its own compared to having ‘add-ons’ is an educating quality.
A few studies were conducted and written about in: www.jezebel.com/5099412/why-do-women-sleep-around:
It’s still about trust and security. A variety of studies of both men’s and women’s propensity to sleep around is based in their ability to trust or feel secure in relationships. Schmitt says, “If a person was high in being able to trust other people, they were monogamous. If they were very low in trust they were much more likely to be unrestricted in sociosexuality.” He relates this, like Belsky, to childhood stresses and poor relationship models.
If you think someone is promiscuous, you might well be right. In a recent study conducted in the UK and published in Evolution and Human Behavior, Lynda Boothroyd showed that both men and women were able to judge the openness of men and women to a sexual fling based on photographs of their faces. The study showed that both genders judged men who looked “masculine” and women that looked “attractive” as, correctly, more open to casual sex.