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Once upon a time, "trivial" meant "beneath notice" or "inconsequential" ......
Did you know that "trivia" in Latin roughly refers to "three roads" or "three ways". And this is where the Greek tale begins. The origin of Trivial.
The Greek goddess of women, Hecate (remember her ladies?) is also associated with ghosts, spirits and other creepy things. Hecate would often pass the time wandering through the countryside frightening innocent travelers, and she haunted crossroads in particular. In ancient times your typical crossroad was what we now call a three-way or "T" intersection, triodos in Greek and trivium in Latin.
To keep Hecate (nicknamed Trivia) happy, people would often post little statues at these intersections, representing the goddess with three faces or three bodies.
These statues and the offerings made at them were so effective, people thought no place could be better for an afternoon chat. Loiterers and travelers alike would meet at such crossroads to talk about all sorts of inconsequential trivia. By the late sixteenth century, Englishmen had adopted this usage: "trivial" meant "commonplace" or........as used by Shakespeare. ..."trifling. "
The word "trivia" itself, however, did not appear in English until 1908, and people didn't play "trivia games" until 1960's. The singular "trivium," on the other hand, is of venerable age, having been the collective name for the three so called liberal arts of grammar, logic and rhetoric when such thing were still taught in grammer schools.
And so the Greek origin of Trivial..... ....
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