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Subject:Re: Factoid From:Sue Heim <SUE -at- RIS -dot- RISINC -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 15 May 1995 08:19:11 PST
John Weiland wrote:'
> I believe the term "factoid" was coined by Norman Mailer to explain
> the source of his information in his 1960s' biography of Marilyn
> Monroe. In other words, it sounded plausible, but he made it up.
According to Webster's College Dictionary, here is the definition of
"fact oid (noun) something fictitious or unsubstantiated that is
presented as fact, devised esp. to gain publicity, and accepted
because of constant repetition. [1973, Amer.]"
So maybe the definition of how Norman Mailer made up the term
"factoid" is a factoid itself? <grin>
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