During a recent phone screen I was asked to describe the "Factory Pattern". I asked if the screener meant "Factory Method" or "Abstract Factory". He said, "No, just the Factory Pattern".
I don't know what the Factory Pattern is except in the context of the aforementioned GoF patterns. I've been researching this since the phone screen, but nothing I've found indicates that there is a third "just" Factory Pattern. The closest I came was this question, but still that seems to just distinguish Factory Method from Abstract Factory.
Is there a distinct third factory design pattern? If not, does "Factory Pattern" always just mean "Factory Method"?