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What does "I could eat him/her with a spoon mean"?
I've seen it in a film, where a lady sees a cute kid, they she says:
"Oh, I could eat him with a spoon".
I know it might mean that she thinks this child is cute, but I could not find this expression in the dictionary.
You're right. We eat desserts with a spoon and desserts are sweet. The child was sweet too.
It is current American slang. People of my age are unwise to pronounce on the meaning of such new slang, but the masculine form of the phrase is defined in urbandictionary.com. It seems to indicate that the speaker finds "him" extremely attractive. A google search for Eat Him With a Spoon provides a number of explanatory hits.
Last edited by probus; 12-Feb-2011 at 19:55.
It COULD be used by one adult of another to refer to being physically attracted to the other, but if one says it of a child, it just means you find the child cute/sweet in a childlike, appealing way, not a sexual one.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Thanks a lot. :)
People could eat him with a spoon.
She kind of meant to say that, since he's been regularly appearing on television for such a long time and successfully made himself a big name in the world of the media, people would definitely love to see him more and more on TV. How wrong she was about that! After a fifth episode of the show, it was taken off the air after it turned out to be a total disaster.