Date: Tue, 15 Nov 1994 13:52:00 -0600

From: Katherine Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BGA.COM

Subject: "it's been a slice"

Forgive me if this is not the appropriate forum for my question--I'm new here.

I'm trying to track down the source of the expression "It's been a slice,"

as a mildly ironic way of saying "Goodbye, it's been fun."

My mother, who still uses both expressions, says it's short for "It's been

a slice of good wholesome fun" and was current circa 1947.

She's from Minnesota, but a quick check with her sisters showed they are

unfamiliar with the expression. It may be that they were a bit off the

right age for picking up this expression. More likely my mother learned it

in Yellowstone Park, where she worked that summer and several summers

thereafter. My father, who was half-raised in the park, is also familiar

with the expression.

The problem with Yellowstone as a source is that young people from all

across North America come to work there, so it doesn't really help me know

where the expression originated, whether it is indeed short for "It's been

a slice of good wholesome fun," etc.

I've checked several reference work and found no mention of this. If anyone

has any information, let me know. Thanks.