fact



Fact has a long history in the sense ?allegation of fact,? as in ?This tract was distributed to thousands of American teachers, but the facts and the reasoning are wrong? (Albert Shanker). This practice has led to the introduction of the phrases true facts and real facts, as in The true facts of the case may never be known. These usages may cause qualms among critics who insist that facts can only be true, but the usages are often useful for emphasis. And that?s a true fact.    1