Factoid meaning

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(usage problem) A brief, somewhat interesting fact.
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A single fact or statistic variously regarded as being trivial, useless, unsubstantiated, etc.
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An inaccurate statement or statistic believed to be true because of broad repetition, especially if cited in the media.
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A piece of unverified or inaccurate information that is presented in the press as factual, often as part of a publicity effort, and that is then accepted as true because of frequent repetition.
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An interesting item of trivia.
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Origin of factoid

  • 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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