Date: Thu, 23 Mar 1995 15:17:06 -0800 From: Peter McGraw 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 ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Thu, 23 Mar 1995 13:34:11 -0500 From: Matthew Cottle - U. of Idaho To: Multiple recipients of list 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? ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Matthew S. Cottle As of March 28: University of Idaho School of Engineering and Applied Science College of Engineering Princeton University COTTLE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIDAHO.EDU cottle[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]