The Closing Word: Picayune

Image of Closing Word LogoThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (pick-ah-YOON)

(informal) small and of little importance

From “There are several newspapers in America called the Picayune, because they see it as their job to comb through even the minor details of the story to get to the truth. Hear the word “picky” in picayune (though they’re not related)? That’s one way to remember it.”

“Never let the picayune details of paint and carpet distract you from the more important qualities in a home like neighborhood, schools, and affordability.”


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