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 rice. Terry thought it was delicious, so he said, “This food is finger lickin’ good.” In other words, it was yummy.
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 the 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 was “so good,” which is actually their current slogan (as of this writing). Regardless, none of their 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.
Here’s an example of this phrase in a sentence.
- You’re a very good cook. The lunch you made me for work was finger lickin’ good, as always.