Where Did the Term “Fiasco” For a Disaster Come From and What Does the Word Mean?

The word fiasco is Italian for an ordinary flask or bottle and comes from the opera.

There, audiences would greet a false note or a bad performance with the cry “Ola fiasco.”

The logic was that they had come to hear perfection but were getting a second-rate performance.

So just as a glass blower’s flawed attempt at a beautiful piece of art was discarded or assigned to be a common flask, the opera was second rate, like a fiasco.

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