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quibble

verb bicker, cavil, contend with, differ, dispute, dissent, equivocate, fence, haggle, join issue, oppose, palter, quarrel, tergiversate, wrangle
See also: equivocate, haggle, prevaricate, tergiversate

QUIBBLE. A slight difficulty raised without necessity or propriety; a cavil.
     2. No justly eminent member of the bar will resort to a quibble in his argument. It is contrary to his oath, which is to be true to the court as well as to the client; and bad policy because by resorting to it, he will lose his character as a man of probity.

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Marcos (Natsuko Ohama) pours concrete over the corpses of construction workers who helped build her Manila Film Center, and then quibbles over the exact body count (``only eight, not 100'').
These are quibbles and would probably prompt a spirited dinner discussion with an author who has obviously thought carefully about the taxonomy of architectural history before producing a guide of extraordinary concision.
But these are minor quibbles in what is otherwise a comprehensive and methodical book.
Some listeners may have a few quibbles with Aragorn's lisp, which can detract from his "kingliness," and Frodo's tendency to snarl rather than to be nobly long-suffering, but overall this is a splendid production and, like NPR's enjoyable version, also an excellent alternative for the aural learner.
Undoubtedly other scholars will have quibbles with some of his interpretations and applications in today's world but that is what adds to the fascination of these stories.
but a few quibbles, one per paragraph, regarding your November/December 2000 item on me:
However, there is a factual error and I have some minor quibbles.
But quibbles do not get to the heart of the problem with this book: For a conservative, Shalit has remarkably little appreciation for history.
There were the usual quibbles about "authenticity," but when you've got two literary hunks like these steaming up the screen, I say accents, schmaccents