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Posted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:39 pm
by eberntson
1670s, "secret or private stories," from French anecdote (17c.), now
reduced in English to "brief, amusing story."

(SRC: Online Etymology Dictionary)

Any anecdotes on this word?

Re: anecdote

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:53 am
by Slava
No anecdotes, but as many of them are humorous, the word is often interpreted as meaning "joke."

Re: anecdote

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:01 pm
by Perry Lassiter
Also, in discussing evidence, some offerings are merely anecdotal rather than experimental, which means the opinion is based on isolated, particular cases rather than a larger and controlled population.