16 Green Bag 2d 43 (2012)

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Allen Rostron

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law

Date Written: July 27, 2012


What exactly is the difference between a factoid and a fact? Norman Mailer intented the word "factoid" in a biography of Marilyn Monroe, using it to mean things that seem to be facts but really are not. But CNN Headline News and most writers eventually began using the word to mean a nugget of information that is true but trivial or presented without adequate context. To avoid confusion, I suggest that the term "pseudo-fact" is a great candidate to take over the role that Mailer intended for "factoid".

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Rostron, Allen K., Factoids (July 27, 2012). 16 Green Bag 2d 43 (2012), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2302353 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2302353

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