Originally Posted by HarryT
Context is key, as has been said. Chemists talk about the Periodic Table; theatre producers talk about period costume. But the word "period", with no understandable context (and its use as a punctuation mark would be completely meaningless to the average British reader) would bring menstrual cycles to the mind of the average British reader in the absence of any other context.
What is your basis for making that statement? I am not contesting the potential truth of it, it might be, but it seems odd to me at least.