Embarrassingly, in Korean, there is a slang word for this kind of relationship between guys.

Might be translated as, "the husband of my wife's sister but only by the hole" ?

I don't know how can I call the husband of my wife's sister in English. Korean word is "Dong-suh 동서(同壻)". That is, Korean people don't say "Hank is the husband of Mr. White's wife's sister" but "Hank is the Mr. White's dong-suh".

With this kinship terminology, if some Korean guys found out that they have slept with the same woman (in many cases a prostitute or a professional), they might jokingly call each other "구멍(hole)동서(the husband of my wife's sister)". It has f-word level vulgarism.

Is there similar slang word/expression in English?


I forgot "brother-in-law". Original words is something like "brother-in-hole". In here, 'Hole' symbolizes the vagina. So I mentioned vulgarism.

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    The husband of my wife's sister is called a "brother-in-law" but this has absolutely no level of vulgarism associated with it. I know of no English equivalent for what you're asking.
    – Jim
    Oct 11, 2014 at 16:36
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    "Brother Johns"? (okay, no one uses this, but it actually kind of works, as a "John" is the guy who hires a prostitute) Oct 11, 2014 at 17:13
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    Is there a registry somewhere that keeps track of who sleeps with whom and what their family relations are?
    – Drew
    Oct 11, 2014 at 19:33
  • I hope that English has a semantic gap here! Oct 12, 2014 at 12:05
  • Dict.cc suggests Eskimo brother and wiener cousin as equivalents for Lochschwager, but I have never heard wiener cousin before.
    – choster
    Oct 12, 2014 at 14:56

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The closest I can think of is fellow johns of (woman's name).

A john is a well-recognized slang for the client of a prostitute:

a man who pays money to a prostitute for sex (MW)

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    This shouldn't have been downvoted, but an explanation that a John is slang for a client of a prostitute might have been helpful.
    – SrJoven
    Oct 12, 2014 at 12:10

Eskimo Brothers

When two males acknowledge having been intimate with the same female and remain on good terms, the men are now bonded by having shared the same igloo at one time or another.

This can lead to perks by making the information known to other males who you can network with. Male 1: "Yea man, I got us a hook up at the show tonight, we don't have to pay cover"

Male 2: "Sweet, how'd you score that?"

Male 1: "Me and the door guy are eskimo brothers, remember that blonde girl from last weekend?"

from Urban Dictionary

  • Interesting, I've never heard this term before. Is it limited to a particular regionn? I'd honestly interpret it as some sort of euphemism for two guys having had sex together. Oct 12, 2014 at 14:16
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    @guifa It originated as a vulgarization of a misunderstanding of Eskimo customs in North America. I have heard it used in the U.S. for a number of years, but it may have been recently popularized by an early episode of the television sitcom The League, first aired on the FX network in 2009.
    – choster
    Oct 12, 2014 at 14:39

As other posters have noted, there are no commonly-used phrases for this even though some subcultures may have a term and most people would probably understand "fellow johns of" a woman. For what it's worth, in Chinese, there's a fairly common equivalent term that's also familial, but they go with the term maternal uncles instead.

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