From fact + -oid; coined by Norman Mailer in Marilyn (1973): "facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, creations which are not so much lies as a product to manipulate emotion in the Silent Majority".
factoid (plural factoids)
- An inaccurate statement or statistic believed to be true because of broad repetition, especially if cited in the media. [from 1973]
- An interesting item of trivia.