sh120888 at OHIO.EDU
Fri Feb 25 19:05:27 UTC 2000
>I too have known the word all my life--from very non-francophone Minnesota
>(though not too far from Canada, of course; we also had 'shivaree').
I've known it all my life as well, growing up in Northern Virginia, with a
father who was from Oklahoma. I learned shivaree from the musical, "Oklahoma."
Since >Bethany, Vicki, Ron, Rudy, and I are all in roughly the same age
category >(I don't know about Sean), it may indeed be that the word is
passing out of>use;
I think it's an age thing too. I use it on occasion--it's a great word--but
don't recall hearing it too much around SE Ohio.
>Just a guess: Might 'picky' as an adj. meaning fussy or
>looking-for-something-to-criticize have come from 'picayune' (anglicized by
>people who wouldn't have known the spelling)?
This is exactly what I thought, too, that it's a clipped form, sort of like
perks for perquisites.
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