One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘minute particles of rock’
bit, tiny bit, piece, tiny piece, speck, spot, fleck, dot, atom, molecule
mote, fragment, sliver, splinter
2‘he never showed a particle of sympathy for her’
iota, jot, whit, bit, scrap, shred, crumb, morsel, mite, atom, drop, hint, touch, trace, suggestion, whisper, suspicion, scintilla, grain, tittle, jot or tittle
informal smidgen, smidge, tad
archaic scantling, scruple
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