McDonalds advert.

I’m not sure if they are still running this advert, I meant to comment some time ago but didn’t get around to it however, better late than never.

As you will see it is an advert set in the UK with both characters speaking mostly The Queens English, except for the one phrase in the middle which definitely was not English.

The story as you will see is of a young man going for a job interview who stops on the way to have breakfast in McDonalds on the way.

Upon entering the restaurant he walks towards the screen to purchase his food and allows a woman who appears stage left to go in front of him, so far, so good.

When the young man gives way to the woman he utters the phrase, “it’s all good,” when one might expect him to use the English phrase, “after you,” which to me makes a lot more sense.

I imagine “it’s all good” may be an American expression although how on earth it translates into “after you” I have no earthly idea, answers on a postcard as they used to say!



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I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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17 Responses to McDonalds advert.

  1. Could be he was referring to everything on the menu being good.

  2. adguru101 says:

    I’m an American and I’ve never heard anyone use that expression in that context. Maybe it’s a generational thing, like “no problem”? 🙂 Cheers, Alisa

  3. eponine3 says:

    Well think about it. “After you” has a pretty specific meaning. “It’s all good” can apply to any number of situations including, it seems, “go ahead in front of me, I have no objections.” Could it be coming into use to perhaps subtly indicate/remind/dare-I-say-Indoctrinate that everything is okay, there are no absolutes, no normal, anything goes… ?? Just a thought.

    • Call me old fashioned if you like but I prefer to converse with people who may use language with a specific meaning, say for example someone uttered the phrase “After you, but run like hell the building is on fire!” I think it might get the message across somewhat better and with less confusion than the phrase, “It’s all good” as this might imply everything is fine and there is no need to run for your life.

  4. SueW says:

    I think he means he doesn’t mind her going first, it’s not a problem.
    I’ve heard Americans say ”It’s good” meaning all is well, but not heard them say ”It’s ALL good”
    And I’ve heard lots of people say ”I’m good” when asked how they are. Never understood that one. It’s the opposite of naughty! What is wrong with saying, ”I’m very well thank you.” ah well it’s better than the latest one when they say something is Sick when they mean it’s good! Or Pants when something is not good! 😀

  5. As an American, I couldn’t watch the video – it said “not available in your country” when I clicked on it, so how did the fellow Americans watch it? It does make me sad to see that UK is promoting McDonald’s breakfasts – ugh. But that’s beside the point. I guess if it teaches politeness to others, I’m all for it!

  6. The wonders of the internet it’s no wonder it leaves us shouting at our computers, they may be clever but they have no logic at all. WHY,WHY!!!???

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