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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Definitions for anecdata

  1. anecdotal evidence based on personal observations or opinions, random investigations, etc., but presented as fact: biased arguments supported by anecdata.

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Citations for anecdata
Please. Stop letting yourself get carried away based on random anecdata from the Internet. Julie Lawson Timmer, Five Days Left, 2014
Again, industry stats support the anecdata. Publishers are reporting declining ebook sales but growing audiobook revenues, with audio filling the digital revenue gap that ebooks left. Antonio Garcia Martinez, "The Veni, Vidi, Vici of Voice," Wired, February 28, 2018
Origin of anecdata
1990-1995
Anecdata is a reworking of anecdotal data. Anecdotal comes from the Greek adjective anékdotos “unpublished,” formed from the negative prefix an-, a-, the preposition and prefix ex-, ek- “out of,” and the past participle dotós “given, granted.” Each of the three Greek elements corresponds in form, origin, and meaning to Latin inēditus “unpublished” (the negative prefix in-, the preposition and prefix ex-, ē-, and the past participle datus “given.” Data is the neuter plural of datus used as a noun, “things given.” Anecdata entered English in the late 20th century.