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Hardly A Trifling Matter - Eat Your Words
a trifling matter – a matter that lacks importance; something trivial. Similarly the verb to trifle with someone means to treat someone with a lack of respect or seriousness. My grandmother once told me that she enjoyed making trifle more than any other kind of dessert because she could swig1 from the sherry bottle and no one would notice. When I was asked recently to make a trifle for a dinner party, it seemed the right thing to do to follow her advice; a “proper tribute” to my grandmother, if you like, and indeed I did it with such enthusiasm there was very nearly no sherry left to pour over the sponge. However, I had a wonderful time in my kitchen that afternoon and wonder if this is the great secret of all trifle makers: get happily trollied2 while you make it. It’s odd to that this OTT3, flamboyant4 dessert should be called “trifle” since, as you can see above, a trifle means something unimportant and easily forgotten. And a proper trifle is not that at all. This picture is a regularly cited page from Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management of 1861, and shows how beautifully mad a trifle can be. But the first reference to trifle …