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nitpicker

Someone who bothers with tiny, trivial, unimportant details, in effect looking for mistakes. “Nit” alludes to the tiny eggs of the louse. The term dates from the mid-1900s.
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What is the shortest route for Arthur to walk in order to ask Mr Nitpicker for a hall pass?
"As a copy editor, I appreciate the occasional funny head, but that's not what I strive for--especially not the obvious pun," says Renee, a "self-professed grammar and usage nitpicker."
The nitpicker might suggest that eternal themes are a shaky basis on which to establish the influence of a particular legend on a text.
"I'm the nitpicker, making sure the bolts all match." They were able to save the engine block and the head.
Bellows, fortunately, has the ego of an impresario, not a nitpicker. Says Jimmy Breslin, a writer Bellows unleashed: "He would praise and then fight for anything he liked.
It ends: "We lack perception - / Words are needed; or / what answer is appropriate / if one asks where / the fist went / when the palm opened?" A nitpicker for logic (a very unpoetic trait), I said to myself, "But a palm can't open; a palm is flat.
A caveat: Staff members must view the wanderer as a resource person and helper, not a nitpicker looking over their shoulders for something to criticize.
He is a needy little nitpicker, desperately trying to raise his profile by acting like a pantomime villain.
Now call me a nitpicker, but this is a film that doesn't make any sense.
That sounded pretty good, until some nitpicker later pointed out what happens to grape prices when production doubles?
That said, if you're not a nitpicker, audio quality will be easily up to acceptable standards.
"I don't like to be a nitpicker," says Doughty, "but this cord is my lifeline.
Chaput's supporters regard him as a staunch champion of orthodoxy; his critics as a relentless nitpicker who often bogs down conference discussions in minutiae.
Ad-libbing to the hilt, DJ made the mistake of joking about the 'advanced' age of Accomplished Nitpicker.
But to the trained forensic mind the whole problem would seem relatively simple, revolving as it does around the vexed question of who holds the rights to a jockey's outer garments (the matter of jurisdiction over his or her underwear is not at present in dispute, and woe betide any legalistic nitpicker who dares to try to widen the argument, as it were, to include these items whose essentially personal and non-controversial nature have been enshrined in British law since the important precedent of noli me tangere set in the groundbreaking case of Wilkins v Webfoot [Court of Petty Sessions, July 1628]).