‘Pettifogging’: Why Chief Justice John Roberts used term during Trump impeachment trial
A little-used word dating back to the late 16th century — pettifogging — made a modern-day comeback at the first day of the impeachment trial of President Trump.
Twitter and Google were abuzz Wednesday over the archaic adjective, which means “dishonest or unethical in insignificant matters; meanly petty,” according to Dictionary.com.
It was dropped by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts early Wednesday as he warned Democratic House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team to keep things civil during the marathon Senate session.
“In the 1905 Swain trial, a senator...