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Recent Examples of minutia from the Web
Legal minutiae aside, some very petty political considerations almost certainly played a role in the decision to file this lawsuit.
Sneaker culture, often tied to hip-hop culture, has also exploded, with websites dedicated solely to chronicling the minutia of casual footwear.
To his surprise, his friend arrives at the airport with another man already in the car, a man who talks endlessly about workplace minutiae while the arriving traveler looks despondently out the window at the endless banks lining the streets of Kiev.
Trivia means minutiae, but sometimes knowledge of a wide range of details can allow a person to find an insight or make a decision that would otherwise have been impossible.
Collins pays close attention to the minutiae of love lost.
Debates the minutia of minor transactions with his co-workers.
Cramming for games, pouring over practice film and handling all the minutia that comes his way as Lions coach.
Every two years, the same 230 people have held on to their seats without any challengers to speak of (as any good Parks and Recreation fan knows, debating the municipal minutiae of speed bumps and public pools isn’t exactly a glamorous job).
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How to Pronounce minutia and minutiae
Minutiae, we’ve established, is the plural of minutia and also far more common in prose than the singular minutia. There is, however, confusion over the pronunciation of both the singular and the plural, and the confusion may be leading some to use the singular minutia where the plural minutiae is called for. Minutia, the singular, is generally pronounced \muh-NOO-shee-uh\ or \muh-NOO-shuh\, and the plural minutiae should be properly pronounced \muh-NOO-shee-ee\. But transcripts of spoken English show that this is not always adhered to: minutia shows up in transcribed speech far more often than it does in edited writing, and usually in places where one would expect minutiae. This leads us to believe that the pronunciation of minutiae is merging with the pronunciation of minutia, or that minutia is being re-analyzed as a zero plural.
minutia Has Latin Roots
Minutia was borrowed into English in the late 18th century from the Latin plural noun minutiae, meaning "trifles" or "details" and derived from the singular noun minutia, meaning "smallness." In English, minutia is most often used in the plural as either minutiae or, on occasion, as simply minutia. Latin minutia, incidentally, comes from minutus, an adjective meaning "small" that was created from the verb minuere, meaning "to lessen." A familiar descendant of minutus is minute.
Origin and Etymology of minutia
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