Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
Dr. Johnson's definitionof cavil (pronounced KAV-uhl, with a short a) still holds: "To raise captious and frivolous objections." It is to object with little reason, to resort to trivial faultfinding, to carp or quibble. As a noun, it is an instance of quibbling. You will encounter considerable caviling in logomachy, disputes over language.