What familiar word is derived from a Latin word that means “a place where three roads meet”?

Trivia Question: What familiar word is derived from a Latin word that means “a place where three roads meet”?

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Answer: Trivia is a Latin word, the plural of trivium. The literal meaning of the Latin trivium is “a place where three roads meet.” What does a three way crossroads have to do with interesting morsels of useless information you ask? The Roman Empire was famously connected by public roads, and the intersections of three or more of these roads were a popular place for the public to meet and hang out. Thus crossroads came to be known as places where inconsequential or trivial things were said and done. As a tribute, the popular game “Trivial Pursuit” featured several crossroads on its game board.

The answer is: Trivia


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