the nit and gritty

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 12 18:43:23 UTC 2013

On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 1:08 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at> wrote:
> I read your quotation as having a semantic change as well: that "nit and gritty" here meant "the knowledgeable ones."

FWIW, I can get behind that, Mark: those connoisseurs of the amber
goodness so hyper-hip that they don't *need* to get down; they BIN
done got down. The competing analyses strike me as overly Procrustean.
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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