Fwd: origin of word picnic

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Mon Dec 23 22:13:26 UTC 2002

One of the rather more offensive folk etymologies needs a bit of
debunking. Would some please respond to this claim in full "actually,
no" mode? Directly to the original sender, if you would.

Début du message réexpédié :

> De: "Greg Maccarone" <gamsky at sbcglobal.net>
> Date: Mon 23 Dec 2002  13:18:43 America/New_York
> Objet: origin of word picnic
> My daughter (in 12th grade) discussed the origin of the word "picnic"
> with me. To my surprise, a classmate told her it meant "pic a
> []igger". Supposedly, a group of people would meet to eat, and then
> select a person of African descent to be hung from a tree.
> I am shocked that this information is out there without any check for
> accuracy. Please help. What do you recommend? Thanks

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