So my mathematics lecturer sent the following message, and although it is not crucial I would like to know what "with added bacon flavour and absolutely no horse meat" could possibly mean? I understand that it's probably some kind of extended metaphor for "new and improved", but I have never heard the term before, and thought that some of you might have. Here is the message:

"Dear Student,

As has been pointed out to me, I made an error with regards to Assignment 2. But the good news is that Assignment 2 has been rebooted, new and improved (with added bacon flavour and absolutely no horse meat)!"

  • "Bacon flavor" is something that, at times, seems to be added to everything -- adding taste without any real substance. "Horse meat" of course is the flesh of a horse, sometimes known to be (illegally) substituted for beef in cheap burger restaurants and the like. – Hot Licks Apr 5 '16 at 13:29
  • I wish I'd had your mathematics lecturer, he sounds like a riot. – John Clifford Apr 5 '16 at 13:36

It means nothing really, it's just a throw-a-way line intended as a joke. The horse meat bit (if you live in the UK) is likely a reference to the Horse Meat scandal, which was the news that a lot of ready meals had horse meat in them.

  • I live in Australia, but I figured as much. Just got a bit confused because it was just a little random. – Inazuma Apr 5 '16 at 13:28

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