The derivation of the word trivia comes from the Latin for "crossroads": "tri-" + "via", which means three streets. This is because in ancient times, at an intersection of three streeets in Rome (or some other Italian place), they would have a type of kiosk where ancillary information was listed. You might be interested in it, you might not, hence they were bits of "trivia."
Tri-vium = meeting place of three roads, frequently the location for an inn or public house. Hence trivia = matters fit only for street-corner gossip, or to be talked about over a pint of ale.
"Tri" is probably Latin or Greek origin, of course meaning 3 or multiple, and "via", I am guessing, is the origin of the modern day word "via," meaning "by way of." So... I'm guessing it's a word of Latin or Greek origin.
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TRIVIA means ''something of small importance''
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A number of theories have been put forward as to the etymology of the word "trivia".
One variation dates to early Latin, from the prefix tri-, "three", and via, "road". Trivium thus meant "the meeting place of three roads, especially as a place of public resort." In the Roman empire, a trivium would often have a tavern (Latin: taberna). In Roman times, such a place was viewed as common and vulgar, in the sense that we express in the phrase the gutter, as in "His manners were formed in the gutter." The Latin adjective triviālis, derived from trivium, thus meant "appropriate to the street corner, commonplace, vulgar."
The first known usage of the word "trivial" in Modern English is from 1589; it was used with a sense identical to that of triviālis. Shortly after that trivial is recorded in the sense most familiar to us: "of little importance or significance." Gradually, the word trivia came to be applied for any information that is of fleeting importance and of general interest.
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