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    jot

    I want to know the meaning of "I can jot down lots of website"...jot in my languange is translated as[or by] "nothing" so i can't make head and tails of this phrase. If i have any mistakes in my post[though i am sure about that] please feel free to also correct this one..Thx a lot, Regards!

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    Re: jot

    Hi, and welcome to Using English.

    To "jot" something down means to write it down very quickly.

    You jot down a quick note, you jot down an address for someone, you jot down the person's phone number that you have to call later... in this case, you are quickly writing down to suggested Web sites for the person to try.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: jot

    There are two different sorts of 'jot'. We have the 'nothing' meaning as well - in the expression 'not a jot'. But the 'nothing' meaning is related to the 'writing' sense. In fact lots of 'nothing' words are related to small amounts of something: Fr. 'ne... rien' = 'not a thing' (Lat. REM=a thing); It. 'ne... mica' = 'not a crumb'. Small amounts of writing were 'a jot or a tittle' - referring to the writing af Hebrew (Google that phrase for some very balanced religious views!)

    (When I say 'related', I mean 'related in meaning'. I don't know whether they're related in etymology - but it wouldn't surprise me.)

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    Re: jot

    I love the extra information you bring to questions like this!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: jot

    Thx a lot both of you. Though you didn't respond to my second request:D..Translated as something, or translated BY something. Thank you very much again!

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    Re: jot

    Sorry, I didn't see it as a question.

    I would say "translates as."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: jot

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I love the extra information you bring to questions like this!
    Gwarsh

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