Five Idioms That Only Fleabag 2 Watchers Would Get
Just like everyone else with a functioning heart and a Prime subscription, I too recently finished watching Fleabag Season 2 and just like everyone else with a uterus, mine has also been utterly destroyed by the Hot Priest.
Fleabag, created by English actor and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge who also plays the titular character, has won the trifecta of popular adulation, critical acclaim, and Intense Emotional Investment of and Outpourings from the Extremely Online™.
The series, described as a “comedy-drama that follow the adventures of a dry-witted woman with no filters as she navigates life and love in London while trying to cope with tragedy,” has catapulted PWB (more like Phoebe Baller-Bridge amiright, sorry) to international fame; as I write this, she is currently polishing the script of the next Bond film helmed by director Cary Fukunaga.
The cultural imprint of her show is already quite impressive. It has birthed a thousand pieces that range from general exclamations of thirst to thorough post-mortems of the ending and what the fox at the end really signifies to where to acquire one (1) truly amazing jumpsuit.
The truest test of any artistic endeavour’s legacy is, of course, time, but we thought that we’d nudge Fleabag into posterity with perhaps the greatest tribute of all: idioms inspired by the show’s second season.
Here are just a few examples of the many ways in which characters, plot events, and motifs in season two lend themselves to easy assimilation into everyday speech.
1. Making an Anthony Out of One
With reference to the put-upon hairdresser from the show, this phrase refers to scapegoating someone so you don’t have to feel too bad about your own impulsive, self-destructive decisions.
2. Two Claires in a Conference Room
Painfully evident sexual tension between two colleagues in a workplace or work-adjacent setting that might or might not translate into an ill-advised romance.
3. A Fox a Day Keeps the Hot Priest Away
Obviously inspired by the aphorism “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away,” this phrase can be used to refer to when a chance event drives something extremely desirable away or keeps something deeply longed for from happening.
4. To Look Well at One’s Mother’s Funeral
This refers to when one’s conduct or appearance is completely at odds with a given situation in a manner that invites the commentary, even censure, of all and sundry.
5. The Guinea Pig of the Plot
A seemingly small detail that is deeply meaningful to one, likely due to a complicated personal narrative that needs to unfold over many episodes.
If you have some of your own, please share with us in the comments section.
(Neha Yadav is currently pursuing a PhD in literature. When not engaged in narrative nit-picking in her professional capacity, she can be found doing it for the sheer pleasure of it.)
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