One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a trifling matter’
trivial, unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, petty, minor, of little account, of no account, of little consequence, of no consequence, not worth mentioning, not worth bothering about, light, footling, fiddling, pettifogging, incidental
frivolous, silly, idle, superficial
small, tiny, inconsiderable, nominal, negligible, nugatory, minute, minuscule
paltry, derisory, pitiful, pathetic, miserable
informal piffling, piddling, measly, mingy
British informal poxy
North American informal picayune, nickel-and-dime, small-bore, dinky
important, serious, considerable
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