Date: Sat, 25 Mar 1995 12:02:41 -0800 From: Anton Sherwood Subject: picayune Tom Klingler wrote: > I decided to call the New Orleans Times-Picayune to find out why they > adopted such an odd name. The answer is as follows: When the paper began > publishing in 1837, it sold for six and a quarter cents, approximately the > value of an old Spanish coin which had been known as a picayune. In the > years that followed, only the name remained the same--the paper now sells > for a whopping fifty cents. And what would a collector pay for such a coin now? Anton Sherwood *\\* +1 415 267 0685 *\\* DASher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]