Date: Fri, 24 Mar 1995 14:20:54 CST
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: Picayune
People who have head lice must pick nits (louse eggs) if they can't
get to an apothecary and purchase a better solution.
Nit-picking has been around a long time, as long as cooties have been
around. A lot longer than 'picayune',whether as a noun, an adjective,
or the name of a newspaper.
I've heard people say 'nit-picky', an unsurprising derived form.