Senin, 14 November 2011

Awareness without action is worthless

One of my weekendpleasures is watching old movies . . . old like from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.  I like to plop myself down on the couch witha ball of yarn and a crochet hook or knitting needles, watch the classics andjust chill.

I don’t know if thosemovies depict how people really interacted or spoke but it’s good cleanfun.  Sometimes the dialogue includes aword that gets stuck in my head, a word that isn’t used in modern everydayconversation.  It dig, dig, digs.  Eventually, I make the effort to check itout. 

One word that comesto mind is ‘picayune’.  I heard it in themovie Mr. Skeffington from 1944 starring Bette Davis and Claude Rains.  Bette was nominated for an Oscar for herperformance.  But that’s neither here nor there . . . thepoint is that that silly word is now stuck in my brain and I’m here to purgeit.

This is what Ifound out about picayune . . .

Used up until themid-1800’s, a picayune was a small Spanish coin, worth half a real . . . aboutsix cents.  Interestingly, the word isactually derived from a French word meaning ‘small coin’.

Eventually, a ‘picayune’came to mean something that is piddling or worthless.

So there you haveit.

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