How Did the Word “Trivia” For Useless Information Originate and What Does it Mean?

The Romans were well-known for their road building.

From their Latin phrase “noun trivium”, meaning a place where three roads meet, there derived a word for insignificant information.

At a three-road intersection, traffic would slow and congest, offering a great chance for light gossip and meaningless conversation.

how did the word trivia for useless information originate and what does it mean

So from tri, meaning “three,” and via, meaning “roadway,” the Romans gave us trivia, a word for useless information.

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