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Nitpick

To nitpick something is to focus on tiny, unimportant details. When the verb is changed to a noun it is hyphenated, nit-pickingKnitpick is a misspelling.

Note: Picking a nit is not the same meaning, as a nit is a small insect egg.


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And nit-picking can also be used to mean picking actual nits, such as lice.

Examples

For as good as Cerrone (24-6) has been in 2014 (and he has been very, very good), you could nitpick the fact that he’s still getting hit early in fights. [ESPN]

Disregarding their beloved heroes’ advice that life is very short and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, the Beatlemaniacs inevitably and incessantly nitpick. [London Free Press]

“I can’t describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson,” said Corden. “To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America’s #1 network is hugely exciting. I can’t wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy.” [P.S. Note to James: We spell it “honor” over here … just a little nitpick.] [Newsday]

On the road, however, a lot of this nit-picking is forgotten as the car gets up to speed and slides along pretty quietly. [Seattle Pi]

Maybe we’re nit-picking here, but if the festival runs 11 days, its centerpiece film ought to run smack in its center—n’est-ce pas?—meaning Oct. 7, five days after the carpets unfurl and five days before the curtain drops. [Pacific Sun]

Clark agrees with the Consumer Reports statement on nit-picking. “There’s no question that it can be effective, it’s just very time consuming.” There’s also professional salons for lice treatment, he adds. [CBC]

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  1. MarkPurcell says:

    seems like this is a word that doesn’t quite have its house in order, since actual nits, while small, are extremely important details when someone has lice.

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