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May 7, 2013
This week's theme
Terms that appear offensive but aren't

This week's words
queer street
niggler
tar baby
cockshy
niggard

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niggler

PRONUNCIATION:
(NIG-luhr)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A person who pays excessive attention to petty details.
2. A person who criticizes constantly or repeatedly.

ETYMOLOGY:
Origin unknown, perhaps of Scandinavian origin. Earliest documented use: 1781.

USAGE:
"A niggler might note that every element is at times an eensy bit too perfectly meshed and worked over. Today, I don't feel like niggling."
Lisa Schwarzbaum; Hugo; Entertainment Weekly (New York); Nov 30, 2011.

See more usage examples of niggler in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. -Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)

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