Minutia was borrowed in English in the 18th century from the Latin plural name minutiae, meaning « trifles » or « details », and derived from the singular name minutia, meaning « smallness ». In English, minutia is most often used in the plural either as minutia (pronounced muh-NOO-shee-ee) or sometimes simply as minutia. By the way, the Latin minutia comes from minutus, an adjective meaning « small », which was formed from the verb minuere, which means « to reduce ». A known descendant of minutus is tiny. This Sunday morning, she was very busy with domestic trifles. The two companies have long competed for trifles. On the whole, it is carefully choreographed accounts of political detail that are used to justify decisions. Notice how minutia contains almost the word Mini? This is a good indication of the meaning of « little things or details ». Sports fans tend to like the little things – like a player`s batting average, down to three decimal places. Whenever you`re dealing with small details, look at the details. The Latin minutiae trifles, details, from the plural of minutia kleinheit, from minutus minutiae, we found, is the plural of minutia and also much more common in prose than singular minutia.
However, there is confusion as to the pronunciation of singular and plural, and confusion may lead some to use singular minutiae when plural minutiae is required. Minutia, the singular, is usually pronounced muh-NOO-shee-uh or muh-NOO-shuh, and the plural minutia must be pronounced correctly muh-NOO-shee-ee. But transcriptions from spoken English show that this is not always respected: minutiae appear much more frequently in the transcribed language than in edited scripts, and usually in places where one would expect minutia. This leads us to believe that the pronunciation of minutia is confused with the pronunciation of minutia, or that minutia is reanalyzed as a null plural. She seemed to understand his trials instinctively, and even the details of her work became strangely clear to her. This inveterate list-maker also loved minutiae; In his ledgers, he tracked every penny he had ever spent. minutiae — [[t]maɪnju͟ːʃiiː, AM mɪnu͟ːʃ [/t]] N PLURAL: usu le N de n The details of something like a person`s work or life are the very small details. [FORMAL] Much of his early work deals with the details of rural life. Syn: fine details.
English dictionary There is no need to go through the details of the fight. I can say that these distinctions are perceived by angels in heaven in terms of details. The small details of everything can be called minutiae. Minutia – which you usually see as minutiae, the plural version – is a bit like anecdotes. I am very close and cautious, you see, in all the little things; has always been, – pflabe `em mit Müll und Steinen, 6d. Theme music by Joshua Stamper 2006©New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP These sample phrases are automatically selected from various online information sources to reflect the current use of the word « thoroughness ». The views expressed in the examples do not represent the views of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us your feedback.