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Examples of factoid in a Sentence
The book is really just a collection of interesting factoids.
Recent Examples of factoid from the Web
It is studded with factoids and research findings that readers will no doubt find interesting, but Ms. Moyo could have been more discriminating, and skeptical, in some of her choices.
Come for the views and factoids — stay for the stories.
During one of Saketh’s televised turns last year, ESPN placed a factoid on the screen: Saketh’s favorite athlete is Ravens placekicker Justin Tucker.
Draft factoid of the day: Washington DT Vita Vea's full name is Tevita Tuliakiono Tuipuloto Mosese Va'hae Faletau Vea.
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On a course he's won at eight times—a factoid that served to underscore how different the Tiger Woods of then was from the Tiger Woods of now—Woods looked destined for a battle just to make the weekend.
Here’s a factoid worth remembering: Ebron is still just 24 years old but with four years of pro experience.
Get prepared for the big game with some factoids and tidbits about Super Bowl LII.
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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.
FACTOID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of factoid for English Language Learners
: a brief and usually unimportant fact
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