The Etymology of "Trivia"

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

The Question:

What is the etymology of the word "trivia"?

The Answer:

"Trivia" is a fairly recent (1920) noun form of the word "trivial" which comes from the Latin trivialis. Trivialis means ?that which is in, or belongs to, the crossroads or public streets; hence, that may be found everywhere, common.? It is derived from trivium, a place where three roads meet.

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