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A term coined by Stephen Colbert while he was slaving away under notorious taskmaster Jon Stewart as a reporter for The Daily Show. It is a close cousin of truthiness.


Factesque refers to something that has the semblance of truth, merely because it has been repeated many times. In the absence of personal experience or first-hand observation, it becomes accepted reality.


During a report on The Daily Show, Stephen explained to Jon Stewart that "It doesn't matter what I've seen, Jon. The fact is, it's been widely reported, and that makes it factesque."

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