And in fact I"m such a snob, that I'm going to correct RJ on this:
The proper pronunciation would be mih NOO tee eye
"ae" is a diphthong....the "a" being pronounced as if your doctor is examining your throat, and the "e" kind of between an English short and long "e", and run together it sounds like an English long I.
And if I REALLY want to get snobbish (and I do!), I'll go on to say that it's not even the correct form. The exact sentence, as I think what he meant:
"That's kind of minutiae."
This is a tough one, actually. I'm assuming the meaning was the plural form of "minutia." Well, the preposition "of" would indicate that it's the genitive case, meaning that the proper plural form would be "minutiarum." But my knowledge of Latin is not nearly advanced enough to know for sure what the rule would be with an equivalent phrase to "kind of," which I think could be considered a two-word predicate adjective. If that's how you look at it, then yes, it'd be "minutiae," because a verb of existence keeps it in the nominative case.
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(Now if we could just get Inky to stop saying "is is that"...)
Edited by Dauber, Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:56 AM.