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Merriam-Webster knew this all along. Factoid is in the dictionary (factlet isn’t, by the way) defined as “an invented fact believed to be true because of its appearance in print” (ha!), though the book concedes that it can also mean “a briefly stated and usu. trivial fact.” Fortunately there’s a fix, and it’s an even cuter word: factlet. But actually this begs another question—no, it raises the question; hate to be the one to tell you that you've been using "begs the question" wrong, too. What the hell does hemorrhoid mean?