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jot and tittle

The smallest detail(s). "Jot," derived from the word for the Greek letter "iota," is a small amount, while a "tittle" is the dot over a lowercase i. Make sure every jot and tittle in the contract is perfect. We can't lose money over some typo or technicality.
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"I think there are some issues to be quite honest, when the issue is not for the Minister actually to take every single thing, every jot and tittle that has to be dealt with."
Not surprisingly, a bestseller this big has generated whole libraries of books explaining, interpreting, and commenting on its meaning, history, and importance--as well as monstrous concordances tracking and counting every jot and tittle appearing between Genesis and Revelation.
"Foreign policy-makers in the Bush administration ought to quit fussing about every jot and tittle on the agendas of international conferences and instead send high-level delegations to make our government's case."
In theory, law -- its principles, outcomes, and the entire body of its text -- is completely knowable, down to every jot and tittle. A person researching some question of law ought to be able to quickly and easily derive an answer with certainty.
More troubling, however, is the demand to document every jot and tittle. Keeping records costs time and money.
Hence, if the taxpayer is able to produce (or reproduce) its books and records during an examination (and can satisfy the IRS concerning the underlying integrity of the records), then the taxpayer's failure to abide by every jot and tittle of the procedure should be immaterial.