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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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I have only one quibble: He has neglected one sub-category of creative-class migration--the movement of some of the intelligentsia outside of certain urban centers.
My only quibble is with the quality of the pictures and the art--too many mediocre photos and too much Dore for my taste, when the David narratives have been painted by the best of Western artists.
If there is one critical quibble, it's that O'Connor's unmistakable tone and cadence lack the preternatural fluidity of Grappelli's--but at best, it's a minor quibble.
There does seem to be a bit of overlap in some sections, seemingly forced by the mandate to get to 10 "hits." But that's little more than a quibble. Ouick Hits provides an assured, reasoned approach to improving business processes and the resulting performance without forcing seismic change.
Some of this money is being used for things like tracking down deadbeat dads and making them pay child support--a laudable goal few would quibble with.
One final quibble is that the book's audience would have been broader had the use of academic jargon been more limited.
I have only one quibble with the article's author, and that is with respect to Innes's appeal.
While one could quibble with the temporal shift in the names in his subtitle as being slightly less than rigorous in accuracy, by and large, this is a fascinating book, one that should be of interest to those who think primarily with either side of their brains (i.e., managers or engineers).
Some people like to quibble over Lenten Sundays also.
My second quibble with my colleagues in the business press is over the use of the term "chief executive officer." Increasingly, I find myself reading about some glitzy Web startup with microscopic revenues, no profits, and three employees, which hopes to become the next Amazon.com by marketing some indispensable service (delivering still-warm cappuccino to peasants working in the rice fields of China or downloading deeply-discounted nuclear torpedo specifications to online naval buffs).
Although both statements in the subtitle could be argued, let's not quibble. Smith was an absolutely amazing columnist, and these 167 pieces that ran between 1941 and 1981 are all top-notch, without a clunker in the bunch.
Of course it's not the end of the world - though you might quibble the next time you try to buy duty-free.