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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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Are we now to replace this with quibbling, equivocation, and prevarication and think that we will somehow become saints that way?
In this context, it is simply wrong to argue, as Hirsh writes, that I am quibbling over words when I write that America did not "build nations" in Germany and Japan.
Quibbling aside, The Prince of Tennis is well drawn, well written, and very suitable for younger readers.
Inevitably, one could criticize some of the sub-editing, drawing selection and rather uninspired photography but this would be mere quibbling.