factoid
noun Date: 1973 1. an invented fact believed to be true because of its appearance in print 2. a briefly stated and usually trivial fact

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • factoid — 1973, from FACT (Cf. fact) + OID (Cf. 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • factoid — ☆ factoid [fak′toid΄ ] n. [ FACT + OID] a single fact or statistic variously regarded as being trivial, useless, unsubstantiated, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Factoid — A factoid is a spurious unverified, incorrect, or fabricated statement formed and asserted as a fact, but with no . The word appears in the Oxford English Dictionary as something which becomes accepted as fact, although it may not be true [cite… …   Wikipedia

  • factoid — UK [ˈfæktɔɪd] / US [ˈfækˌtɔɪd] noun [countable] Word forms factoid : singular factoid plural factoids a piece of information that becomes accepted as true because it is repeated very often …   English dictionary

  • factoid — n. & adj. n. an assumption or speculation that is reported and repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact; a simulated or imagined fact. adj. being or having the character of a factoid; containing factoids …   Useful english dictionary

  • factoid — factoidal, adj. /fak toyd/, n. 1. an insignificant or trivial fact. 2. something fictitious or unsubstantiated that is presented as fact, devised esp. to gain publicity and accepted because of constant repetition. [1973; FACT + OID] * * * …   Universalium

  • factoid — noun a) An inaccurate statement or statistic believed to be true because of broad repetition, especially if cited in the media. b) An interesting item of trivia …   Wiktionary

  • factoid — fac|toid [ fæk,tɔıd ] noun count a piece of information that becomes accepted as true because it is repeated very often …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • factoid — Factoids are a series of facts or truths on a related subject. She was pumping me for factoids about her ex roomie, but I clammed up …   Dictionary of american slang

  • factoid — Factoids are a series of facts or truths on a related subject. She was pumping me for factoids about her ex roomie, but I clammed up …   Dictionary of american slang

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