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The Slice: Mashing the motto has at least one vote

Does the whole potatoes thing get old for Idaho residents far from spuds country?

“Gawd yes!” wrote firefighter Ed Button of Moscow. “Now, no one is more proud of the state of Idaho than I am. But now that J.R. (Simplot) is gone, let’s drop the ‘Famous Potatoes’ business. There are many other glorious things to promote. (I am not dissing our spud).”

Slice answer: “If I was a sportscaster doing a basketball game, any time someone made a three-point shot my signature call would be, ‘Supersize it!’ ” wrote Dan Breeden, a handyman in Coeur d’Alene.

“That way if the refs took a second look at it and decided it was a two-pointer I could say, ‘Ooops, the referees just downsized it.’

“Another good one would be: As the shooter releases the ball from three-point land I would say, ‘Incominggggggg!’ If it goes through the hoop I would then follow it up with, ‘Booom!’ If it misses, I would deadpan, ‘Dud.’ ”

Family Phrases Department: As we have seen, children’s moments of misspeaking can live on and on.

Becky Rains said that in her family Kentucky Fried Chicken is known as “chicky fried chicken.”

In Peter Yocom’s family, a little girl’s declaration that she was going to get to watch a “moonie” henceforth relegated the word “movie” to the sidelines.

And once Rich Wesson found himself denouncing some “luning ravatics.”

That expression lives on, and sometimes it’s aimed at him.

Many have survived this in previous years: Bike to Work Week will be May 16-22. Find out more at

Bird is the word: How and why Medical Lake High School’s sports teams came to be known as the Cardinals remains a mystery.

Today’s Slice question: Ever noticed how often people in Spokane wind up on the radio during national call-in shows?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail pault@ Yes, I’m aware that Spokane was mentioned on HBO’s “Big Love” last Sunday.

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