The word first came into play in 1609. It relates to tricks in law or governments. It is a noun meaning deception by artful subterfuge, pettifogging. I actually got three words for the price of one, I have never heard of subterfuge or pettifogging.
Pettifogging – the act of a pettifogger; having little or no significance or importance
Subterfuge – deception by artifice or stratagem to conceal, escape, avoid, or evade, a deceptive device or stratagem
Stratagem – an artifice or trick in war for deceiving and outwitting the enemy
I intended to be more active today but I got tied up tracking down my repair check from the insurance company. Well they lost the location of what they were doing, even changed the claim number and did not tell me. I was smoking, until they put a technician on the phone and we found the problem. I even was sent out to retake the photos and resend them to the insurance company for evaluation. I should get it tomorrow unless it gets lost in the snail mail.
Maybe tomorrow will be better or later tonight. I hope these little inputs are helpful and fun.