November 25th, 2008

Word needed

What is it called when someone nitpicks an argument, looking for any possible flaw or exception, and upon finding one blames that nit or flaw for every result the argument has returned?

I see this most often as a mindfuck game played by small children. "You didn't clear the dishes." "Yes I did! I cleared the yellow saucer! See?!" -- then dismissing and ignoring the rest of the table-full of dishes.

There was a term for this tactic, and I'm forgetting it. Help?