He adjective little usually refers to that whose dimensions are lower compared to other things of identical species . Before two entities of the same type, therefore, the smallest will be whatever smaller, short or reduced . For example: “What TV do you like best? The big one or the little one? ”, “I drove small cars all my life: I don't think I could get used to driving a truck”, “Miguel is a small, short man who dresses informally and wears glasses”.
The idea of small can also be applied with respect to age , in this case using the term in its substantive form. The little ones, in this sense, are the children : “A five-year-old boy surprised the world by interpreting the National Anthem in front of thousands of spectators”, “I have three children: José, Baldomero and Raúl”, “What are you doing in this place, little one? Only adults are allowed access ”.
The smallest are also the weakest in society and for that reason they have rights special and privileges before justice. For example, a child cannot go to jail, even if he commits a crime; Of course, in such an extreme situation there are measures to receive a new training, although these are often a matter of controversy. In addition, the world is a constant scene of child abuse, from labor exploitation to the pornography market, which means that children are far from living on a planet that ensures their well-being or even their survival.
It is possible to use the concept symbolically, that is, without relation to the nature physical of things. Something small, in this sense, is what lacks relevance or depth : "I do not intend to be bitter about such a small problem, there are more important things to deal with", "Please let the boss know that I will be late because I had a little setback with the car", “I started doing small tasks in the company and, little by little, the managers gave me more responsibilities”.
Continuing with this interpretation of the term, it is sometimes used not to worry the interlocutor too much about the magnitude of a problem or a task. When a "small favor" is requested, for example, reference is made to the fact that the person who does so will not have to work hard; add the word little in this case it is a way of apologize in advance for the potential inconvenience to do that favor may cause the other.
In the same way, since at present most of the computer programs, operating systems and video games depend on constant updates for their correct operation and to have new tools and benefits periodically, it is common for companies to clarify (whenever they can) that their latest update is little, to encourage users to take the trouble to do it; Behind the intention for consumers to update the products is not only the desire for them to appreciate the new features, but for certain corrections to help protect their products from piracy.
Other uses of the word can be seen in Small household appliances (those appliances used in the home such as electric razors, irons and blenders, since they take up little space) and small gesture (An action that, although apparently of little importance, serves to show respect, affection or consideration, among other important feelings that can generate great changes ).
"Little" Finally, it is the title of a disk of the spanish singer Enrique Bunbury . Appeared in 1999 , the album consists of twelve songs that add fifty-six minutes of music.