• Hey, Mr. Peanutbutter. You wanna go fly a kite?
  • Put me down for a supersized "sounds great" but with an even larger main course of "sadly, I cannot." I'm swamped here at work.

Well, I think Mr. Peanutbutter is trying to say that it's a great idea but he can't do it due to work but he said this in a very complicated way that made me think of it for a long time to be able to know what he's trying to say.

  • What's the meaning of "put me down for"? Why doesn't he simply say "sounds great"?

  • Also I don't understand the second bolded part. I know course means tutorial or a series of lessons. So what's the meaning in the context here?


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That is a really strange conversation. It's a mish-mash of idioms, an extended metaphor revolving around so-called "fast food".

Put me down for means, literally, "write my name down as wanting (something)".

We're going to go get some donuts. Any requests?
-- Put me down for chocolate.

Now, with respect to "supersized"...

a supersized "sounds great"

In the US, drinks at fast-food restaurants and convenience stores are sold in various sizes. Some are nearly the size of a bucket. They are "super-size". There is even a verb now used by people who work at fast-food restaurants or who eat at them:

OK. One Coke. Do you want me to supersize that?

It means, do you want me to change the order from regular size to "supersize"?

So, a supersized "sounds great" would mean "A very big "Yes!" The "yes" has been supersized.

However, there is a but in the statement.

... but with an even larger main course of "sadly, I cannot."

The "main course" is the main part of a meal. So, although his "yes" was big, his "no" must be even larger, and the size is again being cast in terms of a fast-food menu.

P.S. This sounds like a conversation from a badly written sit-com.

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    P.P.S. It's from an animated series, evidently.
    – J.R.
    Commented Sep 6, 2018 at 14:13
  • @J.R. Yes, you're right. I'm trying to learn an advanced level of English using this funny series. Commented Sep 6, 2018 at 15:56
  • Well, that kind of English is about as good for you as fast food and supersized drinks would be :)
    – TimR
    Commented Sep 6, 2018 at 16:40

You're right that it is a complicated, and very chatty, way of saying it.

"Put me down for" something means literally "Put me on the list of people who are going to get something" - to buy something, go to some event, join some club. It really doesn't mean much here - perhaps "I will subscribe to ..."

You've got the wrong meaning for "course". "Main course" means one course of a meal (starter, main course, dessert etc). Again, it really doesn't mean much here.

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