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I'm trying to come up with a noun that is more descriptive (or at least carries more tone) than "knowledge" and more succinct than "esoteric knowledge and trivia". Rather than saying "this person possesses a great deal of esoteric knowledge and trivia" I'd like to be able to say

This person possesses a great deal of _______.

For more clarification: I'm hoping to describe a character very similar to Sherlock; someone who collects an overabundance of seemingly useless knowledge on the off chance that it becomes relevant.

Thanks for your help!

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Esoterica

plural noun

things understood by or meant for a select few; recondite matters or items.

[Dictionary.com]

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I would say “arcanum” (pluralized as “arcana”) most closely fits the definition you want. This is M-W’s first definition of it:

noun

: mysterious or specialized knowledge, language, or information accessible or possessed only by the initiate—usually used in plural

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"Trivia" sounds like exactly the word you're looking for here.

From Oxford:

Details, considerations, or pieces of information of little importance or value.

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    By their very nature, though, trivia are not esoteric: they’re trivial. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Oct 4 '18 at 16:59
  • Yes, I concur with Janus Bahs Jacquet. Trivia simply means “unimportant matters.” It doesn’t denote esoteric knowledge in any sense. – user305707 Oct 4 '18 at 17:48
  • The asker of the question asked specifically for useless information. Per the asker's comment on the original question, "For more clarification: I'm hoping to describe a character very similar to Sherlock; someone who collects an overabundance of seemingly useless knowledge on the off chance that it becomes relevant." This elaboration indicates that the original word choice "esoteric" was not ideal. – R Mac Oct 4 '18 at 20:17
  • @R Mac I'll not assume that the word "esoteric" is less than ideal if the OP did not explicitly say so. The OP said as follows: "Rather than saying 'this person possesses a great deal of esoteric knowlege and trivia' I'd like to be able to say, This person possesses a great deal of _______. – user305707 Oct 4 '18 at 21:04
  • The OP did say so in a comment. I quoted the comment... – R Mac Oct 5 '18 at 0:37

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