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Bagatelle – “A little bit of nothing, he said, a bagatelle, but it was always our favorite.”
A bagatelle is something of little value or importance, a trifle.
Frotteurs – “In New York, Bean chose the subway because of the reading time it afforded, free of questions but not distractions–the frotteurs, the over-the-shoulder-readers, the panhandlers, the nosy parkers with opinions going spare–though Bean rapidly learned to dispatch each one of these ease while keeping one eye on the page.”
Frotteurs are people who are stimulated by rubbing up against a person.