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This week's theme: a medley of words.
bagatelle (bag-uh-TEL) noun
1. Something unimportant.
2. A kind of pinball game in which balls are struck with a cue to send them to holes at the other end.
3. A short, light piece of verse or music.
[From French bagatelle (trifle), from Italian bagattella (trifle), possibly from Latin baca (berry).]
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"The climate chaos that would unleash would make the mere collapse of industrial society a sideshow bagatelle." Robert Newman; It's Capitalism or a Habitable Planet - You Can't Have Both; The Guardian (London, UK); Feb 2, 2006.
I am malicious because I am miserable. ... If any being felt emotions of benevolence towards me, I should return them a hundred and a hundred fold (words of Frankenstein monster). -Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author (1797-1851)