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Examples of factoid in a Sentence
The book is really just a collection of interesting factoids.
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Among the factoids presented by the Census Bureau: The nation's nine most populous states, which account for more than half of the U.S. population, produce 30 percent of 2018 Winter Olympians.
There's still one factoid that might shock fans the most.
The latest tabloid factoid on Donald Trump dropped on Friday, capping a particularly heavy slew of outrageous stories about his behavior that have circulated through the media in the last 24 hours.
Interesting factoid: Smith has only played 16 games once (2015) during his five years in Kansas City.
Here are some factoids about the Dow so far in 2017: Only four stocks (GE, Exxon, IBM and Merck) have seen their shares give negative returns so far in 2017.
The Alexa sales range was among a barrage of factoids Amazon released on its activities during the holiday shopping frenzy.
His book is about equal parts alfresco inspiration, interesting factoids, how-to instructions and self-help advice.
That factoid helps explain why Butch Jones remains without a career decision against LSU.
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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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