anecdote

A short, amusing true story is an anecdote. You might come back from a crazy spring break with a lot of anecdotes to tell.

The roots of anecdote lie in the Greek word anekdota, meaning "unpublished." The word's original sense in English was "secret or private stories" — tales not fit for print, so to speak. It can still have connotations of unreliability, as in the phrase "anecdotal information." But the most common sense today is that of "a funny story about something that happened."

Definitions of anecdote
  1. noun
    short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)
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    type of:
    account, report
    the act of informing by verbal report
Commonly confused words

anecdote / antidote

An anecdote is a funny little story; an antidote counteracts poison. Tell someone an anecdote about your close encounter with a rattlesnake and how the cute park ranger had to get you the antidote for snake venom right away.

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