Cheeky Nando's

Cheeky Nando's

Updated Jul 28, 2020 at 08:50AM EDT by Y F.

Added May 12, 2015 at 06:46PM EDT by Don.

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"Cheeky Nando's" is a British expression typically used on social media to describe a quality dining experience at the South African restaurant chain Nando's. In late 2014, the phrase began trending in captions of selfie photographs featuring subjects making an "A-OK" hand signal.


The British slang term "cheeky" is often used to describe someone who is exhibiting charming or irreverent behavior. The exact origin of the phrase "cheeky Nando's" is unclear. The earliest known use was featured in the title of a hip hop track uploaded by SoundCloud user Buzy Ray on November 25th, 2011 (shown below).


On September 26th, 2012, Flickr[6] user Finn Harries posted a photograph of himself pointing to a plate a food with the caption "having an exceptionally cheeky Nandos." On January 19th, 2014, Twitter user Marcus Butler posted a tweet about "cheeky Nandos," gaining over 3,400 favorites and 820 retweets over the next two years (shown below).

Marcus Butler @MarcusButler Follow Cheeky nandos. Gotta love a cheeky nandos. RETWEETS FAVORITES 828 ;談及 .' s rle'u 3,498 8:51 AM-19 Jan 2014

On October 26th, 2014, Twitter user @LukeLiddle[3] posted a photograph of the singer Morrissey making an "A-OK" hand sign while performing on stage, accompanied by the tweet "When your Nandos is extra cheeky" (shown below).

な塩Follow Luke @LukeLiddle When your Nandos is extra cheeky わ ☆ as RETWEETS FAVORITES 26 35 3:13 PM - 26 Oct 2014

On December 21st, 2014, Urban Dictionary[1] user CheekiPeriPeri submitted an entry for "Cheeky Nandos," associating the phrase with men who wear "converse/flip flops", "skin-tight pants," "skimply composed vests/T-shirts" and an "orgy of gel." On March 27th, 2015, Urban Dictionary[2] user Rekt92 submitted another entry for "cheeky nandos," defining it as a phrase used by "fuckboys" on social media. On May 9th, Tumblr user ahrned[7] reblogged a post by user chavvesty explaining the meaning of "cheeky Nandos," gathering upwards of 58,300 notes in the next 72 hours (shown below).

ahmed his pan icgoddes s a Follow anonymous asked BUT WHAT DOES CHEEKY NANDOS *MEAN* IT HAS TO HAVE A MEANING chavvesty answered: mate it's hard to explain mate it's just like one day you'll just be wif your mates having a look in jd and you might fancy curry club at the Spoons but your lad Calum who's an absolute ledge and the archbishop of banterbury will be like 'brevs lets have a cheeky nandos instead." and you'll think Top. Let's smash it. what the hell does this say 58,360 notes

On May 12th, BuzzFeed[4][5] published a listicle highlighting examples of "cheeky Nando's" tweets, along with a separate article about Americans confused by the expression. In the coming days, several other news sites published articles about American's confusion with the phrase, including Cosmopolitan,[8] The Irish Examiner[9] and Vpoint News.[10]

Various Examples

I FIND NANDOS RELENTLESSLY OVERRATED.AND NO, NO MEAL Cheeky nandos WENT TO NANDOS WITH YOUR MATES TELL ME MORE ABOUT HOW 'CHEEKY IT WAS.. TheLADbible Φ @TheLadBible Follow LADbible NHS, and make Nando's that extra cheeky" RETWEETS 3 175 FAVOURITES 1 188 Biblical Reactions @BiblicalReacts Follow When your Nandos is extra cheeky わ£3 278 5:50 AM-31 Mar 2015 WHEN YOUR NAND0s IS EXTRACHEEKY memecrunch con

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You've overlooked one major detail here:

Nando's is actually South African, not British.

(Fun fact: They actually have outlets in Washington DC. During the government shutdown, they offered free boneless chicken to government employees and called it "Boneless Chicken for a Spineless Congress"0


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