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… that the first usage of the word picnic is traced to the 1692 edition of Gilles Ménage, Origines de la Langue Française, which mentions pique-nique as being of recent origin; it marks the first appearance of the word in print?

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… that the term picnic was used to describe a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine?

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… that for long a picnic retained the connotation of a meal to which everyone contributed something?

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… that whether picnic is actually based on the verb piquer which means 'pick' or 'peck' with the rhyming nique meaning "thing of little importance" is doubted; the Oxford English Dictionary says it is of unknown provenance?

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… that the word picnic does not come from any racist origin, as a false rumor spread mostly via the internet suggests?

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… that the word picnic first appeared in English in a letter of the Gallicized Lord Chesterfield in 1748 (Oxford English Dictionary), who associates it with card-playing, drinking and conversation, and may have entered the English language from this French word?

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… that the practice of an elegant meal eaten out-of-doors, rather than a harvester worker's dinner in the harvest field, was connected with respite from hunting from the Middle Ages; the excuse for the pleasurable outing of 1723 in Lemoyne's painting is still offered in the context of a hunt?



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