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The History of Trivia

When I say Trivia, it only means something little and useless to me. However, the etymology and the history of that word are quite different. Can you imagine that it means “a place where three ways meet” in Latin? As you all know, “tri” is three and “via” is way. Once again I understood why I love languages because each word is enough to surprise you. 

It was Shakespeare (of course!) who introduced the meanings  “trite, commonplace, unimportant, slight” to English. Not until 1965 we see the meaning of “little pieces of detailed information”. 

If you want to learn more, please watch the video which is quite funny and informative.

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