Old parks for picnics

Despite the historic examples of people having ice cream sundaes after committing such atrocities, the word “picnic” comes from a separate source. That said, there is an uncanny similarity between the lynching theory and the etymology of the word.¬†Etymonline claims that the word picnic comes from the French word “piquenique,” which in turn might be a smashing together of “piquer” and “nique” or “to pick up a worthless thing.” The idea is that you pick at small nibbles at a picnic.