Factoid facts for kids
Factoid is stating a fact that is not backed up by evidence. The factoid may not be trusted because
- (a) it is actually false, or
- (b) because evidence to support it cannot be checked.
Factoids become widely treated as if they were true.
In 1973, the term factoid was created and first used by Norman Mailer.
A factoid is "an item of unreliable information which is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as a fact". The most important thing is that the factoid is widely believed.
A factoid refers to something that looks like a fact, could be a fact, but in fact is not a fact.
The term can also be used to describe partial information without context.
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