Wagatha Christie: meaning of term in Rebekah Vardy trial explained

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Wagatha Christie’s famous tweet originated back in 2019 when Coleen Rooney accused Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories about her to the press

Rooney, who claimed Vardy leaked information posted on Rooney’s private Instagram to the press, was dubbed “Wagatha Christie” over the scandal as she explained how she reached her conclusion.

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But what does Wagatha Christie actually mean — and where does it come from?

You need to know.

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What does Wagatha Christie mean?

Wayne Rooney and Coleen Rooney leave the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on May 10, 2022 in London, England (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

Rooney made the accusation on Twitter, where she explained that after becoming suspicious that someone in her life was selling the stories, she decided to make up fictional stories about what was going on in her life, share them on her private Instagram and restricting who could see the stories to find out who the perpetrator was.

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After the fake stories made their way to the press, Rooney revealed in her now infamous post that the only account that saw these private stories was “……..Rebekah Vardy’s account.”

Due to the drama of the revelation, the scandal took the internet by storm – and Rooney’s detective work quickly earned her the title “Wagatha Christie”.

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The name is a mashup of famed mystery writer Agatha Christie and the acronym WAG, which stands for “wives and girlfriends” of famous footballers.

Who coined the term?

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There has been some confusion as to where the term came from, as a number of online accounts tweeted the phrase around the same time – but the real originator appears to be a comedian named Dan Atkinson.

At 11:16 am on October 9, 2019, approximately 45 minutes after Rooney’s allegation went live on the social media site, Atkinson tweeted, “Coleen Rooney: WAGagtha Christie.”

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Since posting in 2019, Atkinson’s tweet has garnered over 20,000 likes.

Of the tweet, Atkinson said: “I knew the tweet was a nice play on words, but anyone who says they can guess what’s going to be crazy is lying right?”

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“I tend to stay away from Twitter these days because of every great day like Wednesday, there are most days when it’s too cheesy and stripped down to be fun.

“So since I mostly stay away, I must have guessed the tweet was decent.

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“My first thought when I saw the trend was, ‘I wish I’d spelled it right.'”

The comedian mistakenly added an extra “g” in his tweet where it shouldn’t be, and wrote “WAGagtha” instead of “WAGatha.”

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Atkinson added, “As far as I know, I was the first person in this case.”

Who Was Agatha Christie?

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Agatha Christie was an English novelist best known for her detective stories with twists and endings that were difficult to guess.

Born Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (née Miller) on September 15, 1890 in Devon, England, she went on to become one of the best-selling authors of all time.

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Christie made her debut as a writer at age 11 when her poem was printed in a local London newspaper. When she was bedridden with the flu, her mother suggested writing stories to amuse herself and a passion for writing developed.

English crime writer Agatha Christie (1891-1976), c.1925 (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

By the time Christie reached her late teens, she had published a number of her poems in The Poetry Review and written a number of show stories. After her sister challenged her to write a detective story, she began writing the types of stories that would define her career.

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Initially educated at Miss Guyer’s Girls’ School in Torquay, Christie was sent by her mother to Paris in 1905 to study at a series of boarding schools, where she concentrated her energies on voice training and playing the piano. At the time, Christie had ambitions to become a professional concert pianist or opera singer.

In October 1912, Christie met the man who would become her first husband – Archibald “Archie” Christie. They got engaged three months after they first met.

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Picture taken in March 1946 shows English writer Agatha Christie at her home, Greenway House, in Devonshire (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

After Archie was sent to France to fight in World War I in August 1941, the couple married on Christmas Eve 1914, when he was returning home on leave.

In both World War I and World War II, Christie served in hospital pharmacies, with the knowledge gained from this role proving useful for future novels as she learned about various medicines and poisons.

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Christie gave birth to their only child, Rosalind Margaret Clarissa, in August 1919.

In August 1926, Archie Christie, after falling in love with a woman named Nancy Neele, asked for a divorce just months after Christie had lost her mother, with whom she had been very close, in April of that year.

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After an argument with Archie on December 3, 1926, Christie disappeared for 11 days. A nationwide search for her ensued and it was eventually discovered that she had managed to check in at the Harrogate Spa Hotel under the name Theresa Neale.

1926: English crime writer Agatha Christie (1890-1976) and her daughter Rosalind (right) are featured in a newspaper article detailing the novelist’s mysterious disappearance (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Hotel staff recognized Christie and the police were alerted. Christie appeared to have possibly suffered a concussion and suffer from amnesia as she claimed to have no memory of who she was, nor did she recognize Archie.

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Christie was an extremely private person and this strange incident was never spoken of again.

She and Archie officially divorced in October 1928, and Archie married Nancy Neele a week later.

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Christie remarried – Max Mallowan, an archaeologist 13 years her junior. The two married in Edinburgh in September 1930 and remained together until her death in 1976.

The famous writer died on January 12, 1976 at the age of 85 at her home in Winterbrook House. She is buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Cholsey, near Wallingford.

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What books has she written?

Christie is best known for having written 66 crime novels, 14 collections of short stories, and the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap.

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In 1920, Christie introduced the world to the soon-to-be-famous detective Hercule Poirot, who appeared in 33 of her books and over 50 of her short stories.

Poirot novels include The Mysterious Styles Affair, Murder on the Orient Express, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Death on the Nile and The ABC Murders.

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Writer Dame Agatha Christie and her husband Max EL Mallowan pose on the attic of their home, Greenway House, in Devonshire in March 1946 (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

Christie’s other famous detective series starred Miss Jane Marple, an spinster who solves crimes. Famous Miss Marple novels include The Murder at the Vicarage, The Body in the Library, 4.50 by Paddington and A Caribbean Mystery.

One of Christie’s most famous works probably shows neither Poirot nor Miss Marple – And then there weren’t any morepublished in 1939.

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And then there weren’t any more has been consistently voted the world’s favorite Christie novel.

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