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Trivial Pursiuts

Do you want to imply that a task or obstruction is unimportant, minor, or easily overcome? The English language provides a nice collection of words for this purpose, all with subtle nuances. Here are a few options, in alphabetical order. (Brief definitions are paraphrased from Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition, 1993. Examples and exposition are mine alone.)

 

 

I want you to notice that I crafted additional ways of saying that something is a picayune amount of work into my definitions. See how unintimidating it is to use variety? Even though my subject was petty, each illustration was more clarifying than just saying that it’s only trivial.

 

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