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Defining Three Stooges-speak locally

“Why I oughta”: This refers to Bloomsday training procrastination.

“Spread out”: Alludes to Spokane's resistance to infill and high residential density.

“Oh, a wise guy, eh”: This comes up during the public forum portion of City Council meetings. 

“Soitenly”: Some people of a certain age here loathe the expression “No problem.” They much prefer to hear this. 

“Woo-woo-woo-woo”: All-purpose intensifier used to pep up professors' lectures, ministers' sermons, et cetera.

“Poifect”: This is how deranged Spokane TV weathercasters have traditionally described an expected high temperature of 99 degrees.

“Nyuk nyuk nyuk”: Inland Northwest corporate mission statement boilerplate. Means “Let's try not to take ourselves quite this seriously.”

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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