(usage problem) A brief, somewhat interesting fact.
A single fact or statistic variously regarded as being trivial, useless, unsubstantiated, etc.
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.
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".