Meeting minutes

Why are the formal notes of meetings called “minutes”. The web reveals a number of possible explanations, but none sound definitive.

It’s the ‘small writings’ of the meeting - small=minute (as in diminutive, not 1/60th of an hour)


Wow, I would’ve never thought this. Very interesting piece of trivia!

It’s minutia.

And you have to be careful with these Latin words: “trivia” is plural (singular “trivium”), while “minutia” is singular (plural “minutiae”), even though they both end in -ia.

[Just a trivial minutia for you – or a minute trivium, if you prefer.]