Ken: Yes, Bush statement definitely factoid; but all politics aside, Gazette statement polyfactoid; redundant in original def: "This [foregoing] unverified statement is an unverified statement"
False or contradictory by the new def: "This brief or trivial but true news report is unverified"
not only for the obvious reason that all true reports have been verified but because the factoid under discussion doesn't constitute a short news item (though I would agree with you that it is trivial and that it won't be verified)
Thus the Gazette item is a true polyfactoid. I am so tickled by WoZ' new word I shall include it in my upcoming neologism lexicon because it fulfils a need in the Mother Tongue
Carrying this whole thing a step further (begging your indulgence), "factoid" is rapidly taking on a third meaning, further diluting our otherwise marvelous Language: Any statement whatever; opinion or news item; true, questionable, or false; trivial or important; brief or long
So "factoid" has altogether lost its utility and should be replaced by " assertion," "quotation", "item," etc, as approprite
Reply from dale hileman (Apple Valley, CA - U.S.A.)