ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: picayune

picayune (pĭk′ə-yo͞on′)
1. Of little or small importance.
2. Petty; small-minded.
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

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