tchotchkes and Picayune

Kathleen Miller millerk at NYTIMES.COM
Mon Feb 28 14:25:08 UTC 2000

At 09:39 AM 2/26/00 -0500, dInIs wrote:
 My mawmaw would have called them "pretties' (pronounced "purdies," of course,
and distinct from "play pretties"=children's toys).

My Nana always called them "dustables".

My folks are from Wisconsin and PA. I have lived in DE, IN, CA, TX, LA, VA,
and NJ and the only time I've ever heard the word picayune was in reference
to the newspaper.

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