Posted by toni-s on:
A dear friend recently told me that I was a master of "trivia". I don't know if she meant it to be complementary or not. She has had a more specialized education and also speaks a specialized language of acronyms. I don't always know what she is talking about. When I do, we have very good conversations. I went looking for a positive definition of trivia. All I found were words that are considered to mean somewhat the same as trivia, synonyms that weren't encouraging.. Fiddle-faddle, frippery, froth, minutia, nonsense, small change, unimportant and surface as opposed to depth. I was feeling worse all the time!
I decided to own the definition, what IF I have a lifetime supply of seemingly useless and unnecessary facts, what IF!!!! One definition on the web called trivial, "something of small importance, but possibly entertaining! There was a tiny flicker of a light.
I quickly began to rationalize. The root of 'trivial' and its use in the Middle Ages referred to an introductory curriculum at a medieval university, involving grammar, logic and rhetoric: considered to be a triple way to eloquence. Grammar, not trivial, logic can be considered good, rhetoric could go either way, but "eloquence"..... I liked that very much. Obama is eloquent, he speaks beautifully, coherently and his rhetoric is full of meaning. Surely a few well-placed, meaningful, so-called 'trivial' facts could add up to something worthwhile and beautiful.
The dictionary of "Me" has revised this concept and meaning to include inspired 'trivia' as that which appears at first to be unimportant and inconsequential, but after further consideration is found to be full of meaning and enlightenment, a symphony of subtlety and reference.
And that is what I should have said!!!