Every once in a while, I get to use the word pettifogger in a letter. A pettifogger is someone who likes to bicker or quibble over trifles or unimportant matters.
I was responding to one of those lawyers who is dead right on the law, but dead wrong on being sensible. In the middle of mediation his client has taken a small and unnecessary action that is permitted by law, but which will torpedo the good faith environment required for successful conflict resolution.
Now I am looking for a chance to use flibbertigibbet, which means a chattering or flighty, light headed person or gossip.