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The long arm of coincidence yet again...

>Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 00:05:03 -0500
>From: Wordsmith <wsmith@wordsmith.org>
>To: linguaphile@wordsmith.org
>Subject: A.Word.A.Day--factoid
>
>factoid (FAK-toid) noun
>
>   Unverified or inaccurate information that is presented in the press as
>   factual, often as part of a publicity effort, and that is then accepted
>   as true because of constant repetition.
>
>   "This sort of thing is infuriating to practicing historians who can
>   tell fact from factoid, without, in a deep way, being able to explain
>   why."
>   A New Philosophy of History, The Economist, 11 Nov 1995.
>
>   "Real-life factoid: Estes is married to Bissett, who'll be leaving
>   Melrose at midseason to have a baby."
>   Bruce Fretts, et al., Television: The Week, Entertainment Weekly,
>   6 Sep 1996.
>
>This week's theme: words often used in a sense different from their established
>definitions.  
>
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>Pronunciation:
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