When I jot down a few notes, a soldier comes over at once and asks what I am writing.
Sometimes I go through them and jot down things that would be useful for whatever book I happen to working on at the time.
“Maybe I should just jot down some of the things I might say,” he says.
1520s, borrowing of Latin jota, variant spelling of Greek iota "the letter -i-," the smallest letter in the alphabet, hence the least part of anything.
"to make a short note of," 1721, from jot (n.). Related: Jotted; jotting.
or Iota, the smallest letter of the Greek alphabet, used metaphorically or proverbially for the smallest thing (Matt. 5:18); or it may be = yod, which is the smallest of the Hebrew letters.