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    Question Expression for food that looks yummy?

    Hello, there is a phrase that I don't quite understand. It's often used beside a photo of food that looks delicious,
    so I guess the phrase is used for praising the food. The phrase is "Yum-town, population: you."
    I don't understand how "town" and "population" relate to food. And people sometimes say a person's name instead of "you."
    I could put a link to a website that the phrase is actually used, but I'm not sure if it's appropriate.

    I'd appreciate if you could give me the definition or any tips to understand.

    Thankyou very much in advance.
    Tara
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 03-Sep-2015 at 21:50. Reason: Enlarged font to make it readable.

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    Re: Expression for food that looks yummy?

    "Yum town" is meant to refer to place that has great food. "Population: you" means that you are one of the residents of this place.

    I find the phrase to be too cutesy to actually use.

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    Re: Expression for food that looks yummy?

    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post

    I could put a link to a website that the phrase is actually used, but I'm not sure if it's appropriate.
    Please go ahead and post the link.

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    Re: Expression for food that looks yummy?

    Okay. Here's the one:
    http://acozykitchen.com/fancy-hawaiian-pizza/
    The phrase is shown at the last photo.

    MikeNewYork has already given me a kind explanation, and I'm really grateful.

    Thank you,
    Tara
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 04-Sep-2015 at 08:24.

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    #5

    Re: Expression for food that looks yummy?

    I think the writer is following up on an earlier sentence:

    Bummer-town, USA, eh?



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    Re: Expression for food that looks yummy?

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    Yum-town, population: you.



    The phrase probably references this very common form of sign that can often be seen as you enter a town.
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    #7

    Re: Expression for food that looks yummy?

    Although I expect most BrE speakers understood what the phrase meant, in the UK town and village name signs don't show the population. They usually just state the name, or provide some information about something they are proud of, or show a picture which represents the place in some way.


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    Re: Expression for food that looks yummy?

    I've never understood the American practice of including the population on place names.

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    #9

    Re: Expression for food that looks yummy?

    The idea behind the original question is that when presented with this yummy food, you have just entered, metaphorically, "Yumtown."

    As for the practice of putting population on signs, I think it's just bragging. Look how big my town is!

    Or, conversely, "aren't we tiny and quaint?"

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