Date: Thu, 23 Mar 1995 15:17:06 -0800


Subject: Picayune

Does the reply in the following exchange (from another list) surprise

anyone as much as it does me? I've known the word, in the meaning "petty,

nit-picking," at least since my undergrad days in Ohio. Is it regional?

Generational? Is there anyone on this list who hasn't heard it?

Peter McGraw

Linfield College

McMinnville, OR

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Date: Thu, 23 Mar 1995 13:34:11 -0500

From: Matthew Cottle - U. of Idaho cottle[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

To: Multiple recipients of list cfrnet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Subject: Re: Proposal Summaries

On Thu, 23 Mar 1995, Susan Flaherty wrote:

Every grants officer I've ever talked to about this says this

approach is just fine, and generally seemed to consider it a

somewhat annoying, picayune question. Every consultant I've asked

has basically said the same thing. The only people who've had any

problem with repeating language in a summary have been volunteers

and fellow staff. Which means that on several ocassions I've

presented my opinions and then gracefully said, "Sure, I can do that."

Susan: That's for a new word for today! I had to go to a dictionary to

look up "picayune." Does this mean that New Orleans' daily newspaper,

the Times Picayune, is worth only a half-dime?