catfishing


identity faking on social media

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

"I Was Catfished: This Is What I Decided to Do About It"

Stephanie Michele - Huffpost

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catfish
verb and noun

- someone who pretends on social media to be someone different, in order to trick or attract other people

- a fish with a flat head and long hairs around its mouth, that lives in rivers or lakes

Cambridge Dictionary


ORIGIN

The term "catfishing" first came to light in the 2010 documentary “Catfish,” in which a 28-year-old man (Nev Schulman) describes falling in love with a young woman’s Facebook profile and her voice over the phone. He eventually discovers that the personality and voice belong to a middle-aged wife and mother.

In the film, the woman’s husband recounts the following story, which inspired the name of the film and thus created a new sense of the word catfish:

“They used to transport codfish from Alaska all the way to China. They’d keep them in tanks in the ship. By the time the codfish reached China, the flesh was mushy and tasteless. So someone came up with the idea that if you put catfish in the tanks, they will keep the cod active.”

But in reality cod and catfish could never co-exist as cod live in saltwater, and catfish live in freshwater.

A more obvious explanation of “catfishing” is where a rod and string is used to play with, or to tease, a cat.


BETTER DON’T SWIM WITH CATFISH

With a total length exceeding 3 metres and a weight of over 200 kg, the wels catfish is the second-largest freshwater fish in Europe and Western Asia after the beluga sturgeon.

Tabloids regularly report attacks by catfish on animals. In April 2009, an Austrian fisherman was allegedly attacked by a catfish in one of the fishing lakes in Pér, near Győr, Hungary. However, the man reportedly managed to break free.


SYNONYMS

to persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception

beguile, CATFISH, deceive, diddle, do the dirty on, upe, entice, ensnare, entrap, hand a line, hoodwink, inveigle, lay a trap for, lead up the garden path, lure, pull a fast one, pull a swifty on, pull the wool over someone’s eyes, put one over on, sell a pup to, shaft, soft-soap, sweet-talk, take advantage of, take for a ride, take to the cleaners


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