Etymology of "It's been a slice!", "It's been a real slice!"?

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 18 11:41:12 UTC 2013

"It's been a slice!"

"It's been a real slice!"

A parting shot, usually meaning, "It's been good!"

Anyone know what the slice is referring to?

My own guess is it's a playfully ambiguous suggestion the experience was a "slice of heaven"; or was it a "slice of hell"? Or perhaps, as one example shows, from "a real slice of life", a full experience.

The earliest I found is in the Edmonton Journal (17 October 1979) and used both phrases:

[Begin headline]
Thanks Mr. Speaker, It's Been A Real Slice!

Consumer Affairs Minister Julian Koziak said:
"I'm pleased to introduce this bill, as a fresh piece of legislation, being an example of deregulation. By passing this bill, we will be giving a stale legislation the bun," he said.
"Thank you, Mr. Speaker, It's been a slice."

I collected some other early to mid-1980s examples here: including a possible 1980 that uses "So thanks for the memories, it's been a real slice of life . . .".

Any idea of the origin?



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