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A.Word.A.Day--quisquilian

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This week's theme: Insults

quisquilian (kwis-KWIL-ee-uhn) adjective

Worthless, trifling.

[From Latin quisquiliae (waste, rubbish).]

"It is painful to attack a writer as young in years and in time spent working at his craft as Chris Columbus, yet what are we to make of someone whose credits to date include Reckless, Gremlins, Goonies and the quisquilian subject under examination here?"
Harlan Ellison and Leonard Maltin; Harlan Ellison's Watching; M Press; 2008.

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