During November I'll be blogging about etymology and the origins of the alphabet.
Factoid: An unlovely neologism from the Latin fact and the Greek suffix –oid, a bastardy compounded by almost universal misuse as “a small fact.” Logically, the word does mean “a fact,” but something that resembles one. An asteroid is not a small star, but something that resembles it, and a humanoid ony resembles a human; it is not a dwarf. Genuine factoids include such generally accepted nonsense as domestic violence’s rising during Super Bowls (it decreases), the Eskimo’s having twenty-four different words for snow (Eskimo per se is not a language, but the Aleut and Inuit have about the same number of words for snow as English.), and during the equinox its being possible to balance an egg on end (It is always possible to balance an egg on end; it merely takes repeated attempts.) Add to the examples of factoid above, the mistaken definition of factoid being “a small fact.”
Coming November 31st, THE RETURN OF THE STOOPID CONTEST!