huge, steaming bowl of foreshadowing

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Agito a42, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. Agito a42

    Agito a42 Senior Member

    Source: Deadpool 2 (2018), an American superhero movie.

    Wade and Russell are in their cell in the Ice Box - a maximum-security prison for mutants.
    (Tremors and rumbling)
    Russell: What was that?
    Wade: That is the biggest guy in here. Fun fact about the Ice Box: though no one's ever seen it, they keep a monster in the basement... right next to a huge, steaming bowl of foreshadowing.

    Could you, please, tell me what kind of bowl Wade means? Why is it steaming?
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2018
  2. JulianStuart

    JulianStuart Senior Member

    Sonoma County CA
    English (UK then US)
    It's not literal, of course:) It just means "a lot of".
  3. kentix

    kentix Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    "A huge steaming bowl of X" is more or less a set phrase. I assume it comes from some literal meaning from food (a huge steaming bowl of oatmeal, perhaps, which for people who like oatmeal is a good thing) but it has a figurative use also. It means "a large quantity of X". X is often something at least somewhat negative. "steaming" indicates, in general, that it's freshly made although in this case I don't think it matters. But I can imagine someone referring to feeling a "huge, steaming bowl of shame" after doing something they regret.

    So a huge steaming bowl of foreshadowing is another 4th wall joke from the movie. He's giving the audience a hint of what's to come. I assume the monster is involved somehow but I haven't seen the movie so it's just a guess.
  4. Agito a42

    Agito a42 Senior Member

    I see. Thank you very much for your clarification, kentix. It was much needed.

    My best guess was it was the gigantic bowl you could stumble into in an ogre's (or some other big fantastic creature's) cave, and it promised nothing good for anyone who ventured further into the cave. But "steaming" made no sense to me.
  5. kentix

    kentix Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    Something was bothering me because I knew there was something I wasn't thinking of and now I have thought of it. I think this is where the real meaning comes from. "Huge steaming bowl" is just the clean version.

    The real saying is that something is "a huge, steaming pile of shit". It's steaming because it's newly emerged from some creature's rear end.

    From Urban Dictionary:

    It's something blatantly false, incredibly terrible or both.

    "What a steaming pile of shit," Tom said, after sitting through Joe's story of how he banged three gorgeous women, won a Formula One race, and was awarded the Nobel Prize, all in one day

    In this example, it's something blatantly false.

    The movie uses the cleaner version "bowl of", instead of "pile of" and substitutes the specific word foreshadowing for the general word "shit". But the foreshadowing is probably of something incredibly terrible.
  6. Agito a42

    Agito a42 Senior Member

    But either way, whether it's steaming because it's freshly made or just emerged from someone's rear end, "a huge steaming bowl of X" is a common set phrase, and there's no problem with your examples in #3, right?
  7. kentix

    kentix Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    No, there's no problem with those. Like I said, I'm guessing those are the "clean" versions. Lot's of jokes/sayings have "dirty" versions and "clean" versions.
  8. Agito a42

    Agito a42 Senior Member

    Thank you, kentix. I've got it!

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