’22 A To Z Challenge – T







In my continuing program of offering as little useful information as possible, I present another little present from my Scottish heritage – not a Tartan, but a


Scottish dialect: a hesitation when introducing someone, because you forgot their name,
What does “pardon my tartle” mean?

From Scottish, it is also; to hesitate in recognizing a person or thing, as happens when you are introduced to someone whose name you cannot recall; so you say, “Pardon my tartle!”  They have you, coming, and going.

If you are wondering – as I do – where I get all this useless minutia, we can blame the wife’s Italian forebears.  The Romans had gods and goddesses for just about everything.  One of their lesser goddesses was


Two roads diverged in the wood, and I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.

Trivia, the Roman goddess of crossroads and guardian of roads. Her name is derived from the Latin word ‘Trivia’ meaning “three ways” from ‘tri’ meaning three and ‘via’ meaning way or road. In Latin, ‘trivialis’ appertained to the crossroads where three roads met, which came to be known, in towns, as the ‘trivium’, or the public place. As the guardian of roads, she watched over the public paths and roads and protected travelers. She was also recognized in three aspects as part of a triad of goddesses consisting of Trivia, Luna the moon goddess and Diana the goddess of the hunt.

While you rest your probably aching brain, I’ll get a little loony with Diana, and hunt up a theme for Wednesday’s post.


Bonus Trivia

Where it says, “all this useless minutia,” above, Grammar Checker wants me to write, “this entire minutia,” which is not the same thing at all.  😛

10 thoughts on “’22 A To Z Challenge – T

  1. Um .. is that the dreaded (of famous, or overhyped) Y bridge in Zanesville, Ohio, a little over an hour south of yours truly? Yes, Zanesville WAS named after Zane Grey, of the Western novels.

    I always had a soft spot for Neptune – not so much for his being the god of oceans and such, but because he was also the god of horses. The movie Frozen 2 has a nod to that, as there appears an elemental horse spirit from the “element” of water (the old elements – fire, earth, air, water). I always loved the link of flowing water and the rippling gallop of horses.

    So, gonna celebrate Boxing Day? Or are you not a pugilist? 😉

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  2. Garfield Hug says:

    Good share!! Thanks

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  3. Rivergirl says:

    For once, spellcheck was right. I adore trivia… and being of Scottish decent tartled more than I care to admit.


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