A mere bagatelle my dear

Posted by Bruce Kahl on November 12, 2004

In Reply to: A mere bagatelle my dear posted by Bookworm on November 12, 2004

: The radio announcer was reading a commercial involving bagatelles and then ad libbed: "it's a mere bagatelle my dear". Is this a famous line from a play or book? Or, is it just a phrase? An admittedly quick Google search didn't give me a source. It did, however, confirm that this phrase is indeed used to denote a trifle.

Could it be a "mere bag of shells"?
I think this was made famous by Ralph Kramden as he was discussing something which he considered of no consequence with Ed.