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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
Anne Nickoloff has uncovered these and many other factoids.
Here’s a factoid for techies: instead of engine oil pressure, an electric motor now handles the variable valve timing on the exhaust side.
Children on tricycles and scooters paused to stare while their parents offered factoids about the animals.
But the factoid begs the question why Camilla was there at all.
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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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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