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nitpick

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There is one thing that matters—to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.
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English

Etymology

From nit + pick, originally referring to literal removal of the pests.

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Verb

Infinitive
to nitpick

Third person singular
nitpicks

Simple past
nitpicked

Past participle
-

Present participle
nitpicking

to nitpick (third-person singular simple present nitpicks, present participle nitpicking, simple past and past participle nitpicked)
  1. To correct minutiae or find fault in unimportant details; to kvetch.
    Someone will invariably nitpick about any spelling error posted to the forums.
  2. (archaic) To pick nits - lice eggs - from someone’s hair.
    Watch the mother gorrilla nitpick the baby’s fur clean.

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