factoid

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Etymology[edit]

From fact +‎ -oid; coined by Norman Mailer in Marilyn (1973): "facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, creations which are not so much lies as a product to manipulate emotion in the Silent Majority".

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Noun[edit]

factoid (plural factoids)

  1. An inaccurate statement or statistic believed to be true because of broad repetition, especially if cited in the media. [from 1973]
  2. An interesting item of trivia.

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