Michael Quinion editor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Sat Aug 7 10:24:27 UTC 2004

This week's World Wide Words newsletter contains a short item on the
American slang term "nitnoid", for some matter that is unimportant
but annoying, or a person who takes a pedantic nit-picking attitude
to life. In the absence of firm data, I speculated that it came from
"nit-picking", but several subscribers have suggested it is from the
Thai phrase "nit noi", for a very small amount of something, brought
back to the US by servicemen after the Vietnam war. Can anybody point
to evidence that confirms or refutes this?

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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