Factoid



[fak-toid] /ˈfæk tɔɪd/

noun
1.
an insignificant or trivial .
2.
something fictitious or unsubstantiated that is presented as , devised especially to gain publicity and accepted because of constant repetition.
/ˈfæktɔɪd/
noun
1.
a piece of unreliable information believed to be true because of the way it is presented or repeated in print
n.

1973, from fact + -oid, first explained, if not coined, by Norman Mailer.

Factoids … that is, 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. [Mailer, “Marilyn,” 1973]

noun

A presumed fact of dubious validity; a popular assumption or belief: Of the eight factoids pertaining to the present Administration/ a paragraph, part human interest, part factoid

Related Terms

-oid

[1970s+; fr fact plus -oid]

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