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What Is Subtweeting?

Are You Guilty of This Twitter Trend?

Twerking may be out, but subtweeting is so in. You've probably heard the phrase recently, what with Rihanna getting into a subtweeting feud with Teyana Taylor this week and Drake denying that he subtweets often.

But what exactly is subtweeting? Basically it's when you tweet about someone without using his/her Twitter handle. You could do it when you're complimenting, but let's be real: most of the time it's for venting.

One option is to not mention the person's name at all (and be super passive-aggressive), and another is to call someone out by name without the handle.

Some examples:

Bottom line: it's like talking behind someone's back — except in the least discreet way possible. Are you guilty?

Source: Quick Meme, HBO
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ladyv ladyv 2 years
I have been guilty of this many times without knowing it.
Kirbie-Johnson Kirbie-Johnson 2 years
Also see "passive-aggressive" tweeting. It goes hand-in-hand with a subtweet!
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