“I'm talking lobster, chicken, pizza... you name it!”

English Lesson: I'm talking lobster, chicken, pizza... you name it!

Last week you went to a great party that was thrown by one of the companies that you do business with. You're telling your coworker, who didn't go to the party, about it. You just told him that there was lots of amazing food there, and you begin to list examples.

I'm talking lobster, chicken, pizza... you name it!

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I'm talking (something), (something), (something)...

Use "I'm talking..." in the following circumstances:

  • you want to list examples of something
  • you want to express the feeling that there is a lot more than what you're listing
  • you're speaking casual English and want to sound rather energetic and emotional

When you list things with this expression, don't use "and". Just keep listing examples, and then when you're done just stop listing things. That makes it sound like there are other items that you could also add to the list, but you're not going to say all of them.

You can just list two examples if you want, or keep listing lots of things. But it's most common to list three items.

You name it!

"You name it" means "a lot of different things". In the example at top, the speaker uses it at the end of a list of different foods at the party. That suggests that there were even more other kinds of food there.

"You name it" mostly comes at the end of lists like this:

We've got black snakes, rattlesnakes, copperheads, garden snakes, you name it.

They've been to Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, you name it.