[Ads-l] sadfishing

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 4 13:29:24 UTC 2019

Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadfishing <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadfishing>) says that the term “sadfishing" first appeared in a January 2019 Metro Magazine article written by Rebecca Reid.

MacMillan open-source dictionary (https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/sadfishing <https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/sadfishing>)
the practice of exaggerating your problems in order to gain attention, especially on social media

Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sadfishing <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sadfishing>) labels it as internet slang: The practice of writing about one’s unhappiness or emotional problems on social media, especially in a vague way, in order to attract attention and sympathetic response.

https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/teenagers/a-parents-guide-to-sadfishing/?utm_source=pocket-newtab <https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/teenagers/a-parents-guide-to-sadfishing/?utm_source=pocket-newtab>
A Parent's Guide to Sadfishing, Explained by a Teenager
by Cassidy Littleton
26 November 2019

Sadfishing might not be a familiar word to you, but it is nothing new in the adolescent world.

Perhaps Littleton means that the concept is nothing new to adolescents. 

Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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