buchmann at BELLSOUTH.NET
Fri Jan 26 01:28:13 UTC 2001
Perhaps 'fact-like thing' ? -AB
Tony Glaser wrote:
> >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!
> Tony Glaser
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