factoids

factoid

[fak-toid]
noun
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; fact + -oid

factoidal, adjective
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factoid (ˈfæktɔɪd)
 
n
a piece of unreliable information believed to be true because of the way it is presented or repeated in print
 
[C20 (coined by Norman Mailer): from fact + -oid]

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factoid
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." [N. Mailer, "Marilyn," 1973]
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