Words at Play : Words With Remarkable Origins, Vol. 1

#3: Trivia 

In ancient Rome, a trivium was an intersection of three roads (tri, "three" + vium, road).

When people met at a trivium, what did they tend to do? According to the Romans, they would shoot the breeze and discuss trivialis ("inconsequential things") – which eventually helped give trivia its modern meaning.

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