Date: Fri, 24 Mar 1995 14:07:57 CST
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: Picayune
I recall 'picayune' from the 1940s and 1950s. In Texas.
Idle curiosity got the better of me, and I looked in an 1875
Noah Webster's dictionary:
Picayune. n. [from the language of the Caribs.]
A small coin of the value of 6-1/4 cents.
I also remember wondering about the term back then. Lotta little
picayune details in etymologies. This sentence would have a different
connotation, for me, with the word 'picky'. Picayuneness isn't necessarily
picky in my personal lexicon. Definitely not a new word.
For whatever this is worth. DMLance