- nitti, francesco saverio,
- niu tireni,
Origin of nitty-gritty
Examples from the Web for nitty-gritty
The dramatic popularization of a phrase like “nitty-gritty” demonstrates that language is always changing across social contexts.Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List Is Sexist and Racist|Samantha Allen|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In terms of the nitty-gritty of writing, George brings the skill set of being able to get it out on paper pretty quickly.Grant Heslov Is the Robin to George Clooney’s Batman|Andrew Romano|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It gives a pleasant sense of transgression, of really being in the nitty-gritty.‘Stupid Enough to Pay’: Tim Parks’s Italian Rail Adventures|Tim Parks|June 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But have you heard about the actual 60 minutes of nitty-gritty playtime?
Webb was never wild about some of the nitty-gritty aspects of elected office and was not a very assiduous fundraiser.Olympia Snowe, Jim Webb, Ben Nelson, More Moderate Retiring Senators|Ben Jacobs|February 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Word Origin for nitty-gritty
"basic facts," 1961, knitty-gritty, American English, said to have been chiefly used by black jazz musicians, perhaps ultimately from nit and grits "finely ground corn." As an adjective from 1966.