what is the origin of the word picnic?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In contemporary usage, picnic can be defined simply as a pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors, ideally, taking place in a beautiful landscape.

    Formerly, picnic meant a potluck, an entertainment at which each person contributed some dish to a common table for all to share. The first usage of the word was traced to a 16th century French text, describing a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine. The word picnic is based on the verb piquer which means 'pick' or 'peck' with the rhyming nique meaning "thing of little importance".

    The 1692 edition of Origines de la Langue Françoise de Ménage, which mentions 'pique-nique' as being of recent origin, marks the first appearance of the word in print. The word picnic first appeared in English texts in the mid-1700s, and may have entered the English language from this French word or from the German Picknick.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Picnic - Piquenique, a french word, definitely from France.

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  • tichur
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    FRENCH through vulgar Latin...they're very picky...evidently. I guess so much that they invented the word when eating outside from a basket full of low class food.

    ETYMOLOGY:

    French pique-nique, probably reduplication of piquer, to pick ; see pique

    *Which means:

    pique (pk) KEY

    NOUN:

    A state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride.

    ETYMOLOGY:

    French, a prick, irritation, from Old French, from piquer, to prick, from Vulgar Latin *piccre, ultimately of imitative origin

    Source(s): American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
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  • Rebz
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I think it comes from America, slavery time.

    I think the white slave master would take his family for entertainment outdoors including a meal then chose a black slave/person to hang ....derived from the term

    'Pic a Nig'

    Someone on here will be more detail about it, ,I have briefly touched on it, I have a book about the origins of terms and words. Its called POSH

    • Jeff5 days agoReport

      No. That is someone's distorted attempt to find an excuse to be angry. I came from Europe. It was from the French and German. 

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  • 1 decade ago

    French pique-nique, probably reduplication of piquer, to pick.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    nicpic

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  • 1 decade ago

    here you go...

    ttfn ;o)

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  • JAM123
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    IT'S LATIN.!!!

    • Jeff5 days agoReport

      YES

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