Etymology: Pettifogger is probably from petty + obsolete fogger, "pettifogger."
1. A petty, unscrupulous lawyer; a shyster.
2. A person who quibbles over trivia.
"The nitpickers, the whiners, the pettifoggers are everywhere."
— Bill Kraus, "Without Health Care Reform, Forget It", Capital Times, December 15, 1993
Thanks to Constant Comment for today's WOTD entry
Monday, August 18, 2008