One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a maze of petty regulations’
trivial, trifling, minor, small, slight, unimportant, insignificant, inessential, inconsequential, inconsiderable, negligible, paltry, footling, fiddling, niggling, pettifogging, nugatory, of little account
informal piffling, piddling, penny-ante
British informal twopenny-halfpenny
North American informal nickel-and-dime, picayune
North American vulgar slang chickenshit
important, serious, major
2‘they took other forms of revenge which were no less petty’
small-minded, narrow-minded, mean, ungenerous, grudging, shabby, spiteful
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