Classical Usage: We’re still at the funeral luncheon. I don’t think it was even a yummy one. Our church throws super-yummy funeral luncheons, but rarely do they have as much drama as this one. Pyotr Petrovich came in and accused Sonya of stealing, and Katerina Ivanovna’s not having it: “You, you’re a fool, a pettifogger, a base man! Sonya, Sonya take his money? Sonya a thief? Why, she’d sooner give you money, fool!”
Classically Mad Usage: I know some attorneys. They are not pettifoggers, which is good, because that just sounds like a terrible word to bandy about.