Trivial pursuit

Ted Merasty: I need to find out where the word TRIVIA came from?

Terry O'Connor: Trvia began its life as the Latin trivium meaning three-way intersection, from the root tri- meaning three and via, road. But it started to gain the "small" or "insignificant" meanings when mediaeval scholars used trivium to mean the three disciplines grammar, logic and rhetoric. These were considered less important than the four disciplines of arithmetic, music, geometry and music (the quadrivium)and eventually trivium took on the modern connotation.


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