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I understand 'nitty gritty' is something specific; the essential thing. Is it also applied in these following lines?

"correcting the average amount of errors that I am presented with is too nitty gritty for me."

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    As an aside, you'd probably want to say number of errors, not amount of errors. – J.R. Apr 15 '13 at 10:53
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'nitty-gritty' means the basic facts or detailed issues. A common phrase is

let's get down to the nitty-gritty.

for example

I can't tell why our new product new product stopped working. So let's get down to the nitty-gritty and find out what happened.

meaning doing a detailed examination of all the facts related to the product, to find out what failed.

Or if you were having relationship problems with someone close to you, you could say

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty and figure this out.

In your example:

Correcting the average amount of errors that I am presented with is too nitty gritty for me.

may be OK but it sounds strange to me. I would say

Correcting the average amount of errors that I am presented with is too difficult for me.

maybe meaning it's too hard but also could mean it takes too much time.

  • Can I say "The nitty-gritty is, ..." as an alternative to "Essentially, ..."? – NS.X. Apr 15 '13 at 5:20
  • @user3169 Okay, because the subject in this context is too technical ('difficult' as you revised). Thank you. – rusticmystic Apr 15 '13 at 9:58
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    Difficult is one choice, but only a good one if you want to suggest that correcting the errors is "difficult" for some reason. Other words you could consider are too onerous (if the number is simply too high) or even too detailed (if the errors are insignificant and therefore not a good investment of time). – J.R. Apr 15 '13 at 10:56
  • The phrase "nitty-gritty" is very informal, so be sure that you consider that before using it in a given situation. – TecBrat Jun 18 '13 at 2:02
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The "nitty gritty" is the most BASIC stuff.

"correcting the average amount of errors that I am presented with is too nitty gritty for me." That is, "it is too BASIC for me."

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