16 Green Bag 2d 43 (2012)
8 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2013
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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