“minutiae”

“Minutiae” is a word that is mostly used in formal contexts.

When you talk about the minutiae of someone’s daily life, you are talking about the minute details; the very small and unimportant details of the individual’s daily life. The singular of “minutiae” is “minutia”.

*Rangan’s latest novel focusses on the minutiae of village life in India.

The first syllable is pronounced like the word “my”, the following “nu” is like the word “new”. The “t” sounds like the “sh” in “ship”, “she”, and “shape”. The second “i” is pronounced like the “i” in “bit”, “pit”, and “sit”, and the “ae” in the final syllable sounds like the “ee” in “bee”, “see”, and “knee”. The main stress is on the second syllable. This is how the British pronounce the word; the Americans, on the other hand, pronounce the first “i” like the “i” in “pit”, “bit”, and “sit”.

The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, October 25, 2004

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