factoid : Common Errors in English

About factoid

The “-oid” ending in English is normally added to a word to indicatethat an item is not the real thing. A humanoid is not quite human.Originally “factoid” was an ironic term indicating that the “fact” beingoffered was not actually factual. However, CNN and other sources havetaken to treating the “-oid” as if it were a mere diminutive, and usingthe term to mean “trivial but true fact.” As a result, the definition of“factoid” is hopelessly confused and it’s probably better to avoid usingthe term altogether.

factoid Meaning(s)

  • (n) something resembling a fact; unverified (often invented) information that is given credibility because it appeared in print
  • (n) a brief (usually one sentence and usually trivial) news item

factoid in News

  1. Traitors Or Heroes: All Of The Whistleblowers Who’ve Been Prosecuted By Obama Administration

    As the story of the National Security Agency 's sweeping surveillance programs continues to crowd the news cycle, Glenn Greenwald 's source of the NSA leaks, Edward Snowden , has become the latest flashpoint in the debate over prosecuting leakers who are heroes to some , traitors to others , and criminals to the Justice Department . One factoid that is endlessly repeated is that "the Obama ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Mediaite

  2. Game 3 of the NBA Finals is not particularly magical

    HAVE YOU HEARD? In 12 NBA Finals series that have gone 1-1 during the 2-3-2 era, the winner of Game 3 has won the series 11 times?! Fascinating. And of those 11 winners, eight did not have home court advantage for the series. How incredible. Cool factoid, bro. But there's no damn magic to a Game 3, or to the 2-3-2 format. To wit: 1. In a seven-game series, spotting a team two wins is a BIG deal ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: SB Nation

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