tonyglaser at MINDSPRING.COM
Thu Jan 25 22:45:15 UTC 2001
>I'm convinced: it should be FACTETTE, not FACTOID.
>Like AFFAIRETTE for a short-term romance.
Absolutely. This is one of my pet peeves - the use of "factoid" by
CNN etc. They are presumably implying that it is a small fact, but
what they are saying is that it's not actually a fact (just as a
humanoid is not a human) . . . or maybe they're being accurate, as a
lot of their "factoids" don't seem particularly factual!
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