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Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 26 19:01:37 UTC 2022

Yes, this is an example of the "-fish(ing)" libfix, based on the original
"catfish(ing)." See Stan Carey's post for the Macmillan Dictionary blog:


The fact that "blackfish(ing)" can appear without any reference to
"catfish(ing)" suggests that the libfix has become truly liberated.

On Sat, Nov 26, 2022 at 1:39 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> Is that a blend with “catfish”? It’s not mentioned in the Ebony piece, but
> it seems plausible to me.
> LH
> > On Nov 26, 2022, at 1:35 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> > “Blackfish,” a term used to describe someone White who pretends to be
> Black
> > or mixed-race for financial and social gain.
> > https://www.ebony.com/woman-dons-blackface-not-white-white/
> >
> >

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