Pronunciation: [ fak-toid ]
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"
Example: Here's a little factoid for you: the three-toed sloth is the slowest mammal in the world.