ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,
ersatz_read
ersatz_read
1word1day

Monday word: picayune

picayune (pĭk′ə-yo͞on′)
adjective
1. Of little or small importance.
2. Petty; small-minded.
noun
1. Something of little value; a trifle.
2. A half-real (an old Spanish coin).
3. Any U.S. coin of small value, such as a nickel.

Etymology:  French picaillon, small coin


The New Orleans Times-Picayune does not print picayune stories;
it received its name from the fact that its original price (in the mid-1800s) was one picayune.



And of course, there's the Bloom Picayune.
Tags: adjective, french, noun, p, wordsmith: ersatz_read
Subscribe

  • Wednesday Word: Stonkered

    Stonkered - adjective. Not to be confused with Internet meme word stonks, stonkered means to be in a state of completely exhaustion.

  • Sunday Word: Peroration

    peroration [per- uh- rey-sh uhn] noun: 1 the concluding part of a speech or discourse, in which the speaker or writer recapitulates the…

  • Wednesday Word: Ikat

    Ikat noun. Ikat, pronounced ee-kaht, refers to either the technique used to create this woven cloth or the cloth itself. This interesting textile…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 4 comments