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摘要: Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 22, 2022 is: quibble • \KWIB-ul\  • v...

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 22, 2022 is:

quibble • \KWIB-ul\  • verb

To quibble is to argue or complain about small, unimportant things. The word can also mean "to evade the point of an argument by making trivial or frivolous objections."

// If I may quibble for a moment with your description of the uniforms: they are navy blue, not royal blue.

// The siblings often quibbled over whose turn it was to sit in the front seat of the car.

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Examples:

The Outfit is a smart movie—maybe a little too smart for its own good here and there, but let’s not quibble.” – Mick LaSalle, The San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Mar. 2022

Did you know?

Quibble is most familiar as a verb, but it can also function as a noun meaning "an evasion of or shift from the point" and "a minor objection or criticism." Both forms of quibble settled into English in the mid-17th century, presumably (though not definitively) as a diminutive of a now-obsolete noun quib, meaning “quibble.” Quib in turn may have come from a form of Latin qui, meaning “who,” a distant relation also of our word who.



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