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anecdote (noun) a short narrative of an interesting, amusing, or humorous incident.

Examples of anecdotes are the circumstances leading to Newton's discovery of the law of gravitation, of Alva Edison's hardships on his way to success, etc.. Anecdotes usually illustrate truth, as does Edison's success by his hard work, or of Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher, going about with a torch in broad daylight in the streets of Athens, in search of a wise man.

  • Historians and researchers doubt the truth of the anecdote of Nero fiddling while Rome was burning. However, it is firmly rooted in English usage as an example of indifference and will continue to be used so in speech and writing.
  • It is easier for the teacher to teach, and for students to learn if the teacher explains things by using anecdotes.
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