Finger Lickin’ Good

Meaning:

When something is finger lickin’ good that means it tastes great. This phrase is typically used when talking about food.

Example: Terry was eating dinner with his family. They were having salmon and Terry thought it was delicious, so he said: “This food is finger lickin’ good.”
Synonyms / Related Phrases:
None.

The Origin Of “Finger Lickin’ Good”

This phrase originates from Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), a fast food restaurant founded in 1930. Most fast food places have a slogan of some kind that makes it easier to remember them. In the year 1956, KFC’s slogan was actually this phrase—”finger lickin’ good.”

The idea with this slogan is that a lot of KFC’s food can be eaten with only the hands. Thus, after finishing a meal, all that salt and flavoring is still on one’s fingers. So instead of washing them off, a person might lick them clean, hence the phrase.

Throughout the years, KFC has had a few different slogans. “Nobody does chicken like KFC” was one of them. Another one was “so good,” which is actually their current slogan (as of this writing). Regardless, none of the other slogans have become as commonly used as “finger lickin’ good.”

In 2011, despite the popularity of the slogan “finger lickin’ good” and the fact that they’ve been using it for a little over 50 years, KFC decided to drop it in favor of another. While they may have dropped it, it still remains as a phrase that’s regularly heard.


Example Sentences

Here’s an example of this phrase used in a sentence.

  • You’re a very good cook. The lunch you made me for work was finger lickin’ good, as always.

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