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Aug 6, 2014
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stalagmite
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pettifogger
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pettifogger

PRONUNCIATION:
(PET-ee-fog-uhr)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A petty, unscrupulous lawyer.
2. One who quibbles over trivial matters.

ETYMOLOGY:
From petty (small) + fogger, perhaps after Fuggers, a Bavarian family of merchants in the 15th and 16th centuries. Earliest documented use: 1564.

USAGE:
"Many banks refuse to give lawyers loans, and landlords won't rent them property, fearful that the pettifoggers will find loopholes to worm out of making payments."
Richard Leiby; In Pakistani City, Lawyers Go from Heroes to 'Gangsters'; The Washington Post; Nov 12, 2012.

See more usage examples of pettifogger in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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You can't do anything with anybody's body to make it dirty to me. Six people, eight people, one person -- you can do only one thing to make it dirty: kill it. Hiroshima was dirty. -Lenny Bruce, comedian and social critic (1925-1966)

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