Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Fri Feb 25 21:52:51 UTC 2000

And I believe creolists trace 'pickaninny' to the same Romance-derived set
of words.

At 03:17 PM 2/25/00 -0500, you wrote:
>In a message dated 2/25/2000 2:54:44 PM, vneufeldt at M-W.COM writes:
><< 'picayune' (which goes back to a word meaning money) >>
>so says my dicitonary--sorta, i.e., it comes from the name of a small coin,
>ultimately from a Prvencal word of unknown origin. Surely this must somehow
>be related as well to the Spanish word PEQUENYO, meaning 'small' or
>'trivial'? In which case the Spanish borrowed it from the French?

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