Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
: a highly nit-picking attitudenoun
The act and pleasure of one who quibbles over trivia
[from the very slow and attentive work of a person or a simian picking tiny nits, ''insect eggs,'' out of hair or fur]
To quibble over trivia; niggle: so all that remains is for them to sit and lie there and nitpick over trivialities or talk about what's on TV