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I'm looking for a noun which roughly means "the little chores" in life, something similar to mundane tasks (such as fetching groceries, doing the laundry, etc), but a bit more generic than "errand". Preferably something that implies that the action could be repeated.

  • I would say that "mundane tasks" is the usual term for this in the US. – Hot Licks Dec 28 '14 at 3:36
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    The word "chore" itself means a mundane job, an everyday task that a person needs to perform. Add daily and you reinforce the meaning, "(a) daily chore/s" – Mari-Lou A Dec 28 '14 at 9:05
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Minutia covers most of this. While it doesn't refer specifically to chores, it's often used to convey drudgery or triviality as in "the minutiae [plural] of daily life."

Webster's:

a minute or minor detail —usually used in plural

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A daily routine suggests a a series of ordinary repeated actions: (from TFD)

  • A set of customary or unchanging and often mechanically performed activities or procedures:

    • a routine of housework.
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Consider the daily round:

UK old-fashioned

the tasks you have to do every day:

I get exhausted just by the daily round.

(Definition and example from Cambridge Dictionaries Online.)

Everyday tasks and daily to-do list are further possibilities.

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  • I'd go for "daily chores/errands" – Mari-Lou A Dec 28 '14 at 9:02
  • @Mari-LouA - Those are certainly possibilities, but the OP's question is asking for some different terms. – Erik Kowal Dec 28 '14 at 9:03

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