factoid

[ fak-toid ]

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

an insignificant or trivial fact

Origin + Etymology

coined by American writer Norman Mailer in his 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe. Mailer described factoids as "facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper"; created by combining the word fact and the ending -oid to mean "similar but not the same"

Synonyms

  • tidbit

Example

Here's a little factoid for you: the three-toed sloth is the slowest mammal in the world.

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