“Don’t @ me” meaning: 7 examples of when people write “Don’t at me”

These days, the kids have all sorts of terminology that just confuses the hell out of people my age. But one of the reasons I write these kinds of pieces is to help people of my generation understand what the kids are talking about.

Today, I want to focus on the phrase “don’t at me”. What does it mean? Where does it come from? Should I be offended if someone says it to me?

What does “Don’t @ me” mean?

“Don’t @ me” means “don’t tag me in posts about this topic because I don’t care what you have to say”. And I know that doesn’t sound very nice, but most of the time, it’s said with the intention of humour.

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Origin of the @ symbol

The @ sign is actually much older than you’re probably thinking. In fact, it’s even older than emails or the internet.

There are three theories as to where it comes from. I’ll tell you all of them and allow you to make up your own mind.

The first theory states that “@” was created by medieval monks. They took the word “ad”- Latin for “towards”, and shortened it to “a”, using the d as a tail.

The second theory is simply that “@” comes from the french “á”, meaning “at”.

And finally, “@” is an “a” encased by an “e”. The first use of this was in 1536. a wine merchant would label his Amphorae (a kind of wine) as @.

What @ means on Twitter

However, on Twitter, @ is used to tag someone rather than referring to wine. If you were to just say, “Hey Rob, I saw you on TV today”, Rob is unlikely to see the tweet under the thousands of other Tweets he sees a day.

However, if you were to say @Rob_Smith563, I saw you on TV today”, Rob would get a notification to say that you have tagged him, and he will be able to see your Tweet.

Why you might @ someone

The three main reasons you would @ someone are to address, share, or confront. In the previous example, the speaker is @ing Rob to address him.

However, let’s say you’re scrolling through Twitter and see someone has Tweeted, “I don’t know how I’m 25 and still burn toast!”. Rob also does this, and you want to share the Tweet with him, you can write @Rob_Smith563 to notify him of the Tweet.

Now, let’s say Rob has annoyed you, and you want to publicly confront him. You can tweet out @Rob_Smith563. I don’t know why you had to steal the last cookie today?!”.

“Don’t at me” is an example of “Mock Aggression”

When someone says “don’t at me”, it’s infrequent that they’re being serious. Most of the time, people who say it are being “mock aggressive”. This is where you pretend to be aggressive for a humorous effect whilst making it clear that you’re not actually.

Most of the time, Tweets that end in “don’t @ me” are about trivial topics such as food and sport. It may be a topic that the Tweeter cares deeply about, but let’s be honest. Nobody will punch you because you prefer McDonald’s to Burger King.

Why people use “mock aggression”

Mock aggression is a fascinating form of comedy. Because it’s not slapstick, as it can easily be done through text. And it’s also not traditional comedy as there is very rarely a punchline.

Some people might dub “mock aggression” as a form of “lads banter”.

It helps you show your followers that you take neither Twitter nor life too seriously. You can fully acknowledge that opinions you might be passionate about are actually relatively trivial.

Other forms of mock aggression might include phrases such as “u wot m8”, “I’ll shank ya nan”, and “fight me”.

“@ me next time”

One phrase that sounds like “don’t @ me”, but has a different meaning is “@ me next time”.

If you see a Tweet that is very clearly aimed at you, but the Tweeter did not @ you in the tweet, “@ me next time” is a way of saying, “Let me know why you say negative things about me on Twitter.

So, if Rob were to Tweet, “I hate when my coworkers steal the last cookie, even though he’s already had 5”. You might read that and think, “I had the last cookie even though I had already had 5”. In that case, you can say “@ me next time” to Rob.

Alternatives to “don’t @ me”

Of course, not caring what people think about your opinions has been around for much longer than Twitter has. So, how else can you say “I don’t care what you think” other than “don’t @ me”?

Your opinion doesn’t matter to me

I don’t care what you think

Don’t come up me with your bulls*it

I didn’t ask.

Did I ask for your opinion?

Nobody cares what you have to say

And the point in you speaking is?

Examples of Tweets that use “don’t @ me”

“We are superbowl bound dont @me with ur troll crap”.

“I just want the writers to stick around and not give in to any cyber bullying least of all one sick person PS my views dont @me”.

“Another reason why Americans deserved Trump. Dont @me”

“Great Deal, best Secondary in the League Don’t @me

Perfect fit next to Bradberry, the whole defense recruit this guy, he is only 25. I am hyped #TogetherBlue”.

“Nutella is better in white bread than it is in toast dont @me”.

“West ham is a bigger club dont @me”.

“Nah i have one Ex other one was long distance it dont count dont @me”.


I know that a lot of what the kids say these days doesn’t make much sense. But I hope now you have a slightly better idea of what “don’t @ me” means.

On Twitter, to @ someone means to tag them in a Tweet or comment. When you don’t want anyone to @ you, you have just given an opinion on something, and you’re not interested in whether or not people disagree with you.

“don’t @ me” is an excellent example of “mock aggression” as most of the time, it may come across as aggressive, but rarely is it ever said with malicious intention.