I first thought this word described a bunch of gloomy little creatures.
Hobbit inhabitants, I guessed.
Dark, thick, bleak, fearsome little souls, maybe?
The word is not a noun.
It’s a verb, used without object.
You see, when one pettifoggs (or is pettifogging) –
…one bickers or quibbles over trifles or unimportant matters.
One carries on a petty, shifty, or unethical business.
Or, one practices different sorts of chicanery.
Okay then. I was way off.
It really is vital to understand words + their meaning –
…especially if one wants to communicate clearly.
What word have you tripped-up on and/or misunderstood lately?
I value you + your views, so let’s communicate!