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Sunday, May 05, 2013

quibble

\KWIB-uhl\ , verb;
1.
to equivocate.
2.
to carp; cavil.
noun:
1.
an instance of the use of ambiguous, prevaricating, or irrelevant language or arguments to evade a point at issue.
2.
the general use of such arguments.
3.
petty or carping criticism; a minor objection.
Quotes:
Don't quibble. You're in deep enough now, young man.
-- Kurt Vonnegut, Welcome to the Monkey House, 1968
I didn't quibble about the price. No man can say that. I just wanted peace; I paid them their price without quibbling.
-- William Faulkner, Light in August, 1932
Origin:
Quibble is related to the more common word quip. They both come from the Latin word quibus meaning "indeed."
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