from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short account of an interesting or humorous incident.
- n. Secret or hitherto undivulged particulars of history or biography.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short account of an incident, often humorous.
- n. An account which supports an argument, but which is not supported by scientific or statistical analysis.
- n. A previously untold secret account of an incident.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Unpublished narratives.
- n. A particular or detached incident or fact of an interesting nature; a biographical incident or fragment; a single passage of private life.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. plural Secret history; facts relating to secret or private affairs, as of governments or of individuals: often used (commonly in the form anecdota) as the title of works treating of such matters.
- n. A short narrative of a particular or detached incident or occurrence of an interesting nature; a biographical incident; a single passage of private life.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)
Gradually, the term anecdote came to be applied to any short tale utilized to emphasize or illustrate whatever point the author wished to make.
Jeep33, the term anecdote means a brief account of a specific incident.
If so, this anecdote is an excellent argument for the venerable, oft-derided doctrine of contributory negligence.
August 7th, 2004 at 6: 26 am lesson of this anecdote is a valid one, that we sometimes expend a great deal of time, effort, and money to create a “high-tech” solution to a problem, when a perfectly good, cheap, and simple solution is right before our eyes.
While I'm aware that the plural of "anecdote" is not "data", I'll still relate from personal professional experience that the reasons why companies I know use options are:
My favourite engineering anecdote is the one about the old (expensive) engineer who is pensioned off to make the company look young and dynamic.
Somebody asked why anyone would oppose eVerify, I told him the reasons for my company with a sort of funny anecdote from a few years ago.
Somebody asked why anyone would oppose eVerify, I told him the reasons for my company with a sort of funny anecdote from a few yearsago.
Sandy MacHoots: But an anecdote is simply an account of an observed incident — or a datum.
But an anecdote is simply an account of an observed incident — or a datum.