We’re used to the characters of Downton Abbey sticking to the correct rules of social behaviour, but last night Lady Mary delivered perhaps the most ‘Downton’ Downton Abbey line of them all:
“I’m going upstairs to take off my hat.”
It was met by looks of complete understanding at Downton. Of course you go upstairs to take off your hat…
It’s a lesson viewers are taking notice of.
It can be a new ‘go to’ when a conversation gets dull
"I'm going upstairs to take off my hat" is my new go-to phrase when looking to abruptly exit a dull conversation. #Downton
— Ed Brody (@chiefbrody1984) September 21, 2014
Panic as we ponder whether we’ve been breaking the rules all these years
There's a scene in the new Downton ep where Mary says "I have go upstairs to take off my hat". Have I been doing it wrong all these years?
— Lil Y THE BASEDDOG (@YuriKalzone70) September 22, 2014
Some have already found fault with the plan
Being without stairs I have to keep my hat on #Downton
— Linda Grant (@lindasgrant) September 21, 2014
People hope to adopt the phrase in all walks of life
Favourite line from tonight's #Downton :'I'm going upstairs to take off my hat.' From now on I intend to use this at every opportunity.
— Iona Grey (@Iona_Grey) September 21, 2014
Of course, it could mean something else entirely
— KL_Clements (@KL_Clements) September 21, 2014
We could indeed make a whole game out of this
New game: "Euphemism or Downton Abbey Quote"
1. "I'm going upstairs to take my hat off"#DowntonAbbey
— Scotty OB1 (@ScottyOB1OBrien) September 21, 2014
But actually, she probably just didn’t want us to see her hat hair.
Downton Abbey continues next week at 9:00pm on ITV