The Daily Pic: Corban Walker expands on issues of smallness.
Indeed what's most depressing about Ngai's terms is their smallness, their triviality.
Their smallness brings us back to ourselves, marshals our focus, endows the future with its potential, its possibility.
The smallness of her home notwithstanding, it never felt encroaching.
Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni, in smallness and in height.
Owing to the smallness of the party, Mr. and Mrs. Eppstein sat next to one another, on the other side of the table.
Was this a trifle, which only the Gholson-like smallness of my soul made spectral?
He took the tent and after he had admired its smallness his amazement was so great that he could not recover himself.
Parvus means small; so named from the smallness of the plant.
As his shape grew burly and his head of hair enormous, the smallness of his extremities became accentuated.
Old English smæl "thin, slender, narrow; fine," from Proto-Germanic *smal- "small animal; small" (cf. Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish, Middle Dutch, Dutch, Old High German smal, Old Frisian smel, German schmal "narrow, slender," Gothic smalista "smallest," Old Norse smali "small cattle, sheep"), perhaps from a PIE root *(s)melo- "smaller animal" (cf. Greek melon, Old Irish mil "a small animal;" Old Church Slavonic malu "bad"). Original sense of "narrow" now almost obsolete, except in reference to waistline and intestines.
My sister ... is as white as a lilly, and as small as a wand. [Shakespeare, "Two Gentlemen of Verona," 1591]Sense of "not large, of little size" developed in Old English. Of children, "young," from mid-13c. Meaning "inferior in degree or amount" is from late 13c. Meaning "trivial, unimportant" is from mid-14c. Sense of "having little property or trade" is from 1746. That of "characterized by littleness of mind or spirit, base, low, mean" is from 1824. As an adverb by late 14c.
early 13c., "small person or animal," from small (adj.). From c.1300 as "persons of low rank" (opposed to great); late 15c. as "the small part" of something (e.g. small of the back, 1530s).