Date: Fri, 24 Mar 1995 14:07:57 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" 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