Date: Fri, 24 Mar 1995 14:20:54 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" 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. DMLance