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Reviews Do you know what anecdotes are behind the creation of Trivial Pursuit?

18:23  29 august  2020
18:23  29 august  2020 Source:   europe1.fr

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Long before bars started offering the now-ubiquitous trivia nights—and, more recently, online trivia leagues gained in popularity—if you wanted to know how your knowledge of random facts stacked up against others, you did one thing: You cracked open a box of Trivial Pursuit , one of the greatest

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A little etymology…

Everyone knows the Trivial Pursuit, this board game where each player sees his general knowledge tested in different areas according to the rolls of the dice. But do you know why it's called Trivial Pursuit? Because trivia, in English, means "unimportant information, anecdotal ..." Traditionally, a trivia game is a game where you have to answer questions. But it’s also a pun, since trivial pursuit means "futile quest". Which perfectly qualifies this ego battle that is the Trivial Pursuit.

But let's dig a little deeper into the etymology ... Trivia comes from the Latin word trivium, which literally means in Latin: "three-way junction". And, by extension, designates a place of passage. Trivium therefore gave trivial, that is, worthy of a place where many people pass, known to all, commonplace and unimportant. Like the Trivial Pursuit questions.

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But there is another theory about the origins of the word trivia. Trivium in Latin would also designate the three subjects through which everyone in antiquity had to begin their learning, namely grammar, dialectics and rhetoric. Once these subjects were mastered, one could move on to the four other, much more complicated subjects that made up the quadrivium: arithmetic, music, geometry and astronomy. By extension, trivial would designate the somewhat inferior subjects of knowledge. And so a little superficial knowledge, like the one you need to win a game of Trivial Pursuit.

6,000 questions to invent

The Trivial Pursuit was invented by two Canadian journalists: Chris Haney, head of photography for the Montreal Gazette, and Scott Abbott, who covered the sport in another newspaper. They were friends, and one day, more precisely on Saturday, December 15, 1979, during a Scrabble night, they had the idea of ​​inventing their own game. Within hours, they were laying the groundwork for Trivial Pursuit.

Chris Haney and Scott Abbott will succeed in raising $ 40,000 to give shape to their idea. For months, they just wrote questions… 6,000 anyway. They also hired an 18-year-old designer to design the set, which they paid for with five shares in their company. Finally, the Trivial Pursuit was released in 1981.

This game was a huge commercial success and continues to be a hit. Why ? Perhaps because it allows the display of superficial knowledge in an acceptable setting. In the evening, you wouldn't go accost a young girl and ask her what the capital of Tanzania is. To play Trivial Pursuit is simply to give yourself the opportunity to show others that you know a lot ... things that are often unnecessary.

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