from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small snippet of true information. A fact of little importance.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
While I acknowledge that "factoid" means a "false fact" and a small fact should be called a "factette" -- unless I'm mistaken contemporary lexicography rejects prescriptive definitions and endorses a descriptive approach.
Obviously the solution with your Guide reviewers is to coin your own word that means small fact and encourage its use -- factette?
Yes, we know that every morsel of Deathly Hallows factette – from the gormless book-naming game to how many copies of Harry Potter 7 have been printed – has been turned into an important screaming newspaper headlines, but it all just seems a little subdued at the moment.
However, I've just noticed that the Microsoftie quoted above mentions this little factette:
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