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The meaning and origin of the expression: Finger lickin' good

Finger lickin' good

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Finger lickin good'?

Excellent - especially of food. Known primarily as the slogan of the KFC food chain.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Finger lickin good'?

This advertising slogan of KFC (previously Kentucky Fried Chicken) has proved highly successful and long-lasting. KFC was founded by Harland David Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders (and, to paraphrase The Simpsons, 'not a real colonel').

Finger lickin' goodClearly, the allusion in the slogan is to the fact that KFC products are normally eaten without the aid of a knife and fork.

A friend told me that when he visited Quebec he saw a KFC sign claiming that their products were 'finger lickin bon'. I live in hope that this is true.

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