Coleen Rooney’s ellipses rained down like dragon fire, with each excessive full stop laying waste to something new. Friendships. Social media. Professional dignity. An entire nation’s news agenda. Nothing was spared in the onslaught. Even now, more than a week from the epicenter, the tremors refuse to fade. And it’s all because one WAG outed another WAG on Twitter.

Wives and Girlfriends

For the uninitiated, WAG stands for Wives And Girlfriends, an acronym used to describe the romantic partners of British footballers. It’s a term that first came to prominence during England’s 2006 World Cup campaign—a campaign that, it has been claimed, was first overshadowed and then utterly derailed by the face-meltingly decadent, girls-gone-wild exploits of the players’ other halves.