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Factoid

Pronunciation: [ fak-toid ]

Definition: noun

1: an insignificant or trivial fact

2: something fictitious or unsubstantiated that is presented as fact, devised especially to gain publicity and accepted because of constant repetition

Origin: 1973; English


Etymology: coined by American writer Norman Mailer in his 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe. Mailer described factoids as "facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper"; created by combining the word fact and the ending -oid to mean "similar but not the same"


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • tidbit

Example: Here's a little factoid for you: the three-toed sloth is the slowest mammal in the world.

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