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Examples of factoid in a Sentence
The book is really just a collection of interesting factoids.
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Surprising factoid In 1969, Bradford Phillips patented the folding umbrella, the design most of us use today.
No problem, here’s a shiny factoid to pull out at parties: Apparently all booze has the power to murder brain cells a-plenty.
Pop culture factoid: Impressed by the popularity of Camoletti’s play in Europe in the '60s, Hollywood soon came on board.
Business books are Pez dispensers of breezy illustrative references: animal factoids, celebrity anecdotes, contextless quotation from famous writers, historical object lessons.
Even better, Murph the bartender could work his mixology magic and still engage the customers with factoids and jokes.
As such, their feats of intelligence tend to get reduced to factoids.
One Twitter user pointed out this factoid, that yes, Charlotte Bronte’s classic was published Oct. 16 — 170 years ago.
Each homer is met with a new factoid – such as Hoskins passing Pinky Whitney’s August record for RBIs by a Phillies rookie – that details how ridiculous this stretch has been.
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Did you know that Norman Mailer coined the word factoid?
We can thank Norman Mailer for the word factoid; he coined the term in his 1973 book Marilyn, about Marilyn Monroe. In the book, Mailer explains that factoids are "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." In creating his coinage, Mailer relied on "-oid," a suffix that traces back to the ancient Greek word eidos, meaning "appearance" or "form." Mailer followed in a long tradition when he chose "-oid"; English speakers have been making words from "-oid" since at least the late 16th century.
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