What Does DTTM Mean in a Text?

DTTM means "Don't Talk to Me." The abbreviation DTTM is used to protest when someone is talking about something you don't want to discuss. DTTM is often said by someone who has bitter experience of the subject matter. It can also be used to join a conversation when you've shared a similar experience to the speaker; e.g., "Don't talk to me about service charges at restaurants. The last place I ate loaded the bill by 30%."

A similar, but more abrupt response would be SU (Shut Up).

DTTM can also mean "Don't Text The Mobile." This is often an instruction given to hide a clandestine relationship or to avoid distraction when in a meeting or driving.

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When I write DTTM, I mean this:

meaning of DTTM

DTTM means you'd rather someone didn't speak to you about something.

Summary of Key Points

"Don't Talk to Me" is the most common definition for DTTM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Don't Talk to Me
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of DTTM in Sentences

Here are examples of DTTM being used in conversations:
  • Martin: I think my neighbour is stalking me as she's been googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.
  • Shona: You both sound like weirdos. DTTM about what you get up to.
  • Ian: Arrrrgh, that woman is driving me nuts.
  • Nick: DTTM about her. She's the reason I quit my job.

An Academic Look at DTTM

DTTM is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Dee Tee Tee Em), but as this is harder to say than "Don't talk to me," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation DTTM is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

Second Definition for DTTM

This meaning was also noted:
Definition:Don't Text the Mobile
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Example of DTTM Used in a Text

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