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Thu Oct 18, 2018, 04:46 PM

We use the term trivial in a dismissive way. But what does it actually mean?

I'll let you ponder that.

Why is something trivial, trivial?

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Reply We use the term trivial in a dismissive way. But what does it actually mean? (Original post)
Xipe Totec Oct 2018 OP
rurallib Oct 2018 #1
Xipe Totec Oct 2018 #2
jberryhill Oct 2018 #3
rurallib Oct 2018 #4
Xipe Totec Oct 2018 #5
cyclonefence Oct 2018 #7
Xipe Totec Oct 2018 #8
bobbieinok Oct 2018 #6

Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2018, 04:47 PM

1. tri via is latin for three roads

how's that for trivia?

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Response to rurallib (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 18, 2018, 04:48 PM

2. Which three? Are there more?

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 18, 2018, 04:56 PM

3. They all go the same place

So the difference is trivial

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 18, 2018, 05:00 PM

4. I do not know - all the latin I can remember is that try is 3 and via is way or road

that is as deep as I get.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 18, 2018, 05:04 PM

5. Grammar, rhetoric, and Logic

There are the three basic ways to knowledge:

Grammar,
Rhetoric,
Logic

Any problem that can be solved using only these three ways to knowledge are called trivial problems.

There were four more ways to knowledge available to the ancients.

What were they?

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 18, 2018, 06:16 PM

7. Here you go

The quadrivium (plural: quadrivia) is the four subjects, or arts, taught after teaching the trivium. ... The quadrivium consisted of arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. These followed the preparatory work of the trivium, consisting of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

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Response to cyclonefence (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 18, 2018, 08:45 PM

8. Xactly! nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2018, 05:46 PM

6. Bit OT--in German, pop lit is Trivialliteratur. Really, any lit that is not 'serious' lit

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