One of the earliest uses of the phrase appears to come from the King James Bible, Matthew 5:18: "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."
Thursday, April 23, 2015
We're back again with a post for the A to Z Challenge. Most readers will have come across the phrase "every jot and tittle," meaning every last tiny detail. Specifically, a tittle is the dot over the i or j, as in this illustration borrowed from the Web:
Incidentally, Tittle is also the last name of the great pro football player Y. A. Tittle, who quarterbacked for the Colts, the 49ers, and the Giants.
Posted by Bob Sanchez at 12:01 AM