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Word of the Day - "picayune"

weather: sunny
mood: calm
music: Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E Minor

picayune \"pi-kE-'yün\ noun/adjective
     (n) 1 : a Spanish-American half-real piece formerly used in parts of the southern United States.
     (n) 2 : a five-cent piece.
     (n) 3 : something of very little value; a trifle

     (adj) 1 : of little value or importance; paltry
     (adj) 2 : petty; mean.

Sample Usage:
     It's not worth a picayune.

     Louisiana French picaillon: small coin.
     From Provençal picaioun, picaio: money.
     Perhaps from Old Provençal piquar: to jingle, clink.
     From Vulgar Latin piccare: to pierce.

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