Q: Do You Subtweet? A: If You Said "Yes" Then Congratulations, You Are Officially Passive Aggressive (I Know This Because I'm Guilty, Too)

What's my answer? Hell yeah, I do. And, hell yeah, I am.

Jun 19, 2013 at 10:00am | Leave a comment

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I'm working on my bad qualities, but this is definitely right there at the top.

I can be incredibly passive aggressive.

Like, instead of saying: "You are making me so mad, Karen" to a friend of mine I might tweet, "I love it when women act like they're still in junior high. It's so adorable."

Which, I don't need to point out, is perhaps the most junior high move of them all.

So I'm working on it. The passive-aggressiveness and the subtweeting.

For anyone who doesn't know: "subtweeting" is short for "subliminal tweeting." Essentially it's talking about a person on Twitter without specifically mentioning their name or handle (although there is some debate about whether it actually counts as a subtweet if a first name is mentioned but not the specific handle).

I have definitely subtweeted multiple times. Usually when I didn't work out my anger in other healthy ways first.

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But I'm trying to get over this incredibly juvenile habit of mine.

Now if I'm pissed and want to subtweet, I'll write it up and I just don't hit send. Or I Gchat a friend to blast out what I want to say privately rather than publicly.

Although in writing this story I realized I did a subtweet as recently as a few weeks ago. (The one inspired by my friend Karen, who is definitely not junior high and who knows I am writing this story and has forgiven my lame move.)

Seriously, I really need to get out of junior high.

But -- so does everyone on Twitter it seems like. I browsed through Favstar to find a few examples, looked at a few celeb feeds and searched "subtweet" on Twitter -- and here are 20 subtweets in all their passive-aggressive glory.

Although, to be fair, if a subtweet is hashtagged as a subtweet is it really a--

Yeah, I need a hobby.

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In the comments, tell me if you've ever subtweeted. Been the subject of one? Your best? Worst?

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