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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.
See also: and, jot, tittle

not a jot

Not even a tiny or the smallest amount (of something). I worked all of that overtime and didn't get a jot of extra cash for my efforts. Look at him—there's not a jot of shame in his eyes for what he's done. A: "Did you get any help on your assignment from the study group?" B: "Not a jot. They were all too busy gossiping."
See also: jot, not

jot something down

to make a note of something. This is important. Please jot this down. Jot down this note, please.
See also: down, jot

not one/a ˈjot (or ˈtittle)

(informal) not even the smallest amount: There’s not a jot of truth in the story.It seems that his divorce has not affected him one jot.She doesn’t seem to care a jot what I do.
See also: jot, not, one

jot down

To write down something briefly or hastily: The secretary jotted the message down. I jotted down the homework assignment.
See also: down, jot

jot or tittle

The slightest change. In the King James version of Matthew 5:18 we read, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” A “jot” was an iota, a very small quantity (we still use the expression “not one iota of truth”); a tittle was a tiny accent mark. Accordingly, to have said “not one jot or tittle” was a very erudite way of refusing to make even the most minor alteration.
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However, I did feel vindicated this week at the reports of notepad jottings, thought to be by Tony Blair, obtained from the World Economic Forum in Switzerland by an enterprising newspaper reporter.
So there was much egg on face when it was pointed out that the jottings were the work not of our own prime minister, but of the world's most successful self-made businessman, Bill Gates.
Now that it, in itself, is a good story, but it seems to me to be only half the story and nobody has looked in detail at what the jottings actually say.
The entire grouping was connected by red walls on which, like exvotos, hung myriad sketches, jottings, and notes, as well as photographs of McGee himself as a child--a labyrinth of images and sensations, almost all emerging from the life of the streets.
Thus "Night Highway 99," which in other hands would be just a road poem - the Beats' answer to Kerouac - becomes a series of poetic reminiscences, some quite lyrical, others more like jottings; but even in the jottings there is a discernible rhythm that recalls country-and-western music.
Lines like, ``Just the other day my sweet daughter I was driving past 203 I walked up the stairs in my mind's eye/I remember how they would creak loudly,'' seem more like rambling diary jottings than pop lyrics, partly because there are so few, if any, rhymes here.
Reminiscent of the jottings and marginalia of Leonardo's notebooks, they obsessively describe one fantastical notion after another (architecture, landscape, physical gestures, circulatory systems) sometimes accompanied by a written word or two that suggest meanings for the "doodle" and/or the painting as a whole.
Then he described what he said he almost showed: enigmatic jottings in President John F.
Cusack claims to have found the jottings among papers left by his late father, a trusted lawyer for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.
How does an enterprise system "remember" your on-the-run jottings and ensure accurate data capture?
Just last Friday, one of President Clinton's top aides - after telling Congress that he didn't take notes on a key Whitewater strategy meeting - belatedly produced his long-sought jottings.
The jottings turned up Wednesday, the lawyer said, after he conducted a fresh review of his Lindsey files.
One of President Clinton's top aides, after telling Congress he didn't take notes on a key Whitewater strategy meeting, belatedly produced his long-sought jottings Friday night.