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In the sentence below I want "fundamentals" and "nitty-gritty" to have opposite meanings but from the definition of 'nitty-gritty' it seems they both have synonymous meanings. Is it really so? Or, am I looking at the definition incorrectly? Please help me with it? Could you please suggest me some other word in place of "nitty-gritty" which conveys the intended meaning more clearly? Thank you.

I think the best way would be to go through the fundamental details of the subject first and once I understand the the fundamentals, then I can proceed to the nitty-gritty of the subject.

nitty-gritty
what is essential and basic : specific practical details <get down to the nitty-gritty of the problem>
[M-W's Col. Dic.]

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Jackson
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fine points
intricacies
inner workings

"Nitty-gritty" is slang, anyway. You can't hope for a good definition. It's like nitpicking and getting your hands dirty, maybe.

"Fundamental details" is a bit oxymoronic, I think. Fundamentals are normally thought of as broad, not detailed.
Thank you, enoon.

But don't you agree that the M-W's definition of 'nitty-gritty' is close in meaning to 'fundamentals'? Please let me know. Thanks.

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Jackson
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Jackson6612Thank you, enoon.But don't you agree that the M-W's definition of 'nitty-gritty' is close in meaning to 'fundamentals'? Please let me know. Thanks.RegardsJackson
I was hoping you wouldn't notice that I didn't answer that question. I've only ever used the word facetiously, and I was a hippie, sort of. You "get down to the nitty-gritty", and I think that's all you can ever do with it. The expression vaguely suggests that there is a deeper level of understanding available to the initiate whereby he can perceive the true nature of a thing. That's complete hooey, of course. The nitty-gritty is the ineffable intrinsic nature of a thing. It goes beyond fundamentals and complications and even language to an attainment of a clear vision of the cosmic essence of whatever it is we're talking about. We were not afraid of metaphysics back in the day.

"Nitty-gritty" is an almost meaningless, useless slang word that reeks of pot smoke and sweaty jeans with paisley patches on the knees. It takes a deft hand to wield it.
Hi Jackson;

Nitty-gritty is the minutia, or gory details on a particular subject. If I tell you the nitty-gritty of what I did today, then it would be every single detail of my day.

Fundamentals refers to the key ideas, key topics, most important ideas on a particular, usually scholarly, subject.
You will often see a first-year university course titled "Fundamental of Chemistry." "Fundamentals of Physics."
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AlpheccaStarsHi Jackson;Nitty-gritty is the minutia, or gory details on a particular subject. If I tell you the nitty-gritty of what I did today, then it would be every single detail of my day. Fundamentals refers to the key ideas, key topics, most important ideas on a particular, usually scholarly, subject.You will often see a first-year university course titled "Fundamental of Chemistry." "Fundamentals of Physics."

I agree with you because this is the meaning I have always had in mind of "nitty-gritty". But the meaning given by M-W seems a little opposite of it. For instance, 'specific practical details' do not refer to every detail of a procedure. Please let me know your thoughts on this. Thank you.

nitty-gritty
what is essential and basic : specific practical details <get down to the nitty-gritty of the problem>
[M-W's Col. Dic.]

Regards
Jackson
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The fundamentals of the heliocentric theory of the solar system can be expressed in Kepler's three laws:


1) that the planets revolve about the sun

2) their orbits are elliptical; the sun being at one of the foci

3) their period of revolution gets longer (ie the length of the planet's year) as its distance from the sun increases.


Now the nitty-gritty consists of defining the mathematical properties of an eclipse, the equations of orbital mechanics, the words aphelion and perihelion, Newton's discovery of the theory of gravity, Kepler's extensive use of the observations of Tycho Brahe to derive his laws, etc. etc. Nitty-gritty has no end to it!



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