One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tiny amount or part of something.‘the rules have not been altered one jot or tittle since’
bit, tiny amount, scrap, shred, speck, iota, particle, ounce, whit, jot, jot or tittle, atom, crumb, morsel, fragment, grain, drop, hint, touch, trace, suggestion, whisper, suspicion, scintilla, spot, mite, modicumView synonyms
- ‘The couple happily ushered me in, poured me an enormous whisky and denied every jot and tittle of the rumour.’
- ‘They (to switch to the gender-free plural) are also wont to niggle and squiggle over every jot and tittle.’
- ‘OK, the purple shadow, peach tip gloss, bronze foundation and 50 coats of mascara are a tittle glam, but I don't look right.’
- ‘His play slipped a tittle as the season wore on.’
- ‘Laboring over every jot and tittle - the life work of our paper-pushing peace processors - is quite mad.’
- ‘Nor are the Democrats saying that every jot and tittle of all its complex tables of inflows and outflows are sacrosanct today.’
- ‘Every jot and tittle of civilized dining etiquette is but an act of civil religious piety.’
- ‘You sway to a pulse in the very fabric of being, a pulse that awakens a celestial symphony of tones, as every jot and tittle sings its song with mathemagical purity - each song utterly selfish, their harmonic blending utterly selfless.’
- ‘What's more, the assumption that foreign ships picking people up and letting them off in the US should have to obey every jot and tittle of US law is an extreme imperialist idea.’
- ‘I don't agree with every jot and tittle of his response, but I don't differ from it enough to write a separate post.’
- ‘The boy soon recovered his senses, and told me, readily and consistently, the following tale, which I again heard him repeat before the magistrate, in a different sequence, but without a tittle of variation.’
- ‘It seemed an odd sort of voyeurism, titillation without a tittle of anything much going on, boredom elevated to a modern art form.’
- ‘If you then could have inquired asking the Saviour how comprehensive is this inspiration, He would answer you that, ‘not a jot or a tittle of the law shall pass away until all be fulfilled.’’
- ‘If you challenge it or any of the matters I am trying to say in it, then you have done nothing but verify every jot and tittle of it, and there is little hope.’
- ‘You just get a tittle better, then you stay consistent with that.’
- ‘Those aspects work ‘well enough for survival’, but not necessarily one whit, jot or tittle better.’
- ‘I cannot see a tittle of evidence so far in this case that the United States as a government has failed in any way in that respect.’
- ‘The truth is, it doesn't matter, not a jot, not a tittle.’
- ‘Think, for example, of Whitman's insistence on celebrating every jot and tittle of the created world.’
- ‘How can we as a faith community keep credibility among the youth of today if we cling to every jot and tittle of an outmoded social code while thousands die of leprosy and hunger?’
- 1.1archaic A small written or printed stroke or dot, indicating omitted letters in a word.
Late Middle English: from Latin titulus (see title), in medieval Latin ‘small stroke, accent’; the phrase jot or tittle is from Matt. 5:18.
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