The term to be a ‘catfish’ – someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities – has been officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
‘Catfishing’ became popularised by a 2010 documentary, after Nev Schulman documented a romantic relationship with a young woman that he had met on Facebook, only to discover he’d been conned during the entire relationship.
Max Joseph, a co-presenter of the MTV Show, took to Instagram yesterday to share the good news, posting:
“That’s right kids. “Catfish” and it’s modern definition have made it into the latest Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Finally! Via @claudiaglenn”
Season three of the show is due to air in May.
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