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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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(adjective) Of little value or importance; paltry.

Synonyms: fiddling, footling, niggling, piddling, piffling, trivial, petty, lilliputian, little

Usage: Giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction.
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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:42:07 AM

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The picayune infraction of a free meal for the Guard of my Princess' Castle is to be submitted to the Emperor's approval by the Colonel of the Bodyguard of the Left.

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:00:35 AM
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Is rather formal or informal word?
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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:46:50 AM

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Dictionary says Adjective (informal), noun (formal).
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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:08:50 AM
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I would like to think that Officer Malone is a significant fellow, whereas, 257 is a topic I consider picayune and not relevant.Applause
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:52:01 PM

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The Times-Picayune

The Times-Picayune is an American tri-weekly[1] newspaper published in New Orleans, Louisiana, since January 25, 1837. The current publication is the result of the 1914 merger of The Picayune with the Times-Democrat. Since June 2013, the paper is printed as a broadsheet on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays and in a tabloid format on Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursday. The latter is branded as The Times-Picayune Street or TP Street and is sold only through newsstands and retail locations. The paper, together with the website, comprise the NOLA Media Group division of Advance Publications.
The paper was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2006 for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Four of The Times-Picayune’s staff reporters also received Pulitzers for breaking news reporting for their coverage of the storm. The paper funds the Poe Award for journalistic excellence, which is presented annually by the White House Correspondents' Association.
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:58:47 PM

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I must admit, when I first saw the word my first thought was of Louisiana!

picayune (n.)

1804, "coin of small value," probably from Louisiana French picaillon "coin worth 5 cents," earlier the French name of an old copper coin of Savoy (1750), from Provençal picaioun "small copper coin," from picaio "money," of uncertain origin.

Adjectival figurative sense of "paltry, mean" recorded from 1813.

Not formal or informal, just very rare!
Certainly not colloquial. (Unless maybe down Louisiana way...Whistle )
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I enjoy piffling and footling on weekends.
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