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Give me please some examples of using the phrase "not one jot or tittle". Thank you.
Oct 29, 2012 4:47 AM
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jot or tittle=a tiny amount. as both jot and tittle refer to tiny quantities.
October 29, 2012
If you want to dig into the phrase, a jot is a small mark - specifically, a small Greek I: the iota. This is considered a very small and insignificant amount. You'll also find phrases like ''I care not one iota!'' (ie. I cannot care even the tiniest amount.) A tittle is literally the dot on an i. So ''not one jot or tittle'' can be literally understood as ''not the tiniest amout (such as a small ı), nor even the dot on top''. I'd also understand the phrase as slightly poetic or oratory - the speaker is showing off his/her skill with words. You'll often see related words paired up in set English phrases: peace and quiet, jot or tittle, goods and chattels, tooth and nail... and so on...
October 29, 2012
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