The term ‘salty potato‘ popped up on our screens yet again.
This time, it was on the new series of First Dates Hotel.
First-time dater Chloe bamboozled restaurant owner Fred Sirieix as she explained she was hoping that her date was a “salty potato“.
What does salty potato mean?
Where did it come from?
And why the f*ck are we saying it?
— First Dates ❤️ (@FirstDates) August 28, 2018
What Does Salty Potato Mean?
By no official definition, a salty potato means someone who is attractive.
If they are easy on the eye, fit and genuinely make you think aloud ‘he’s alright’, then that person is a salty potato.
It is not to be confused with the term salty. This is used to seperately to describe someone who is angry, upset or irritated.
"He's the definition of a salty potato" is my new line #FirstDatesHotel
— sophie (@SophieFGiles) August 28, 2018
Where Did Salty Potato Come From?
Like most U.K slang, salty potato stems from reality TV. In this instance, the phrase comes from none-other than ITVBe series The Only Way is Essex.
Joey Essex is the prime suspect for creating nonsensical terms, as he also brought us reem and wepskini.
The word is phrase thought to be Joey’s adaption of sort – which can also be used to describe an attractive person. At first, people thought Joey was saying a ‘sorty potato’, although it soon developed to a salty potato.
Joey: All I wanna do tonight is find a salty potato and I’ll be sweet.
Mario: A What?
Joey: Salty potato
Mario: What’s a salty potato?
Joey: A salty girl, a sort. Do you like potatoes?
Mario: They’re all right
Joey: Do you like salt?
Joey: Salty potato
How Was it Used in First Dates Hotel?
Chloe, a 24-year-old cars salesman, popped the phrase while she was waiting for her Essex-date, Jem.
The restaurant owner, French-native Fred Sirieix, had no idea what Chloe was on about, and will probably be looking on this article for an explanation tonight.
You’re welcome, Fred…
WATCH FIRST DATES HOTEL EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT ON CHANNEL 4, AT 9.15 PM.