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pettifogger

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The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.
John Maynard Keynes
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Etymology

From petty + fogger.

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pettifogger

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  1. Someone who quibbles over trivia, and raises petty, annoying objections.
  2. An unscrupulous or unethical lawyer, especially one of lesser skill.

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