DM

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What does DM mean?

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Slide into...this definition. DM stands for direct message, or a private message with a person on social media, especially Twitter. For you role players, DM can also stand for the Dungeon Master in a game of Dungeons & Dragons.

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Examples of DM

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Examples of DM
Kevin Durant defends decision to join Warriors in DM exchange with fan
Phillip Barnett, USA Today (headline), September 2018
You know I think of strange what if scenarios. Like what if Alex Jones was not a jerk and used his energy to be a DM for Dungeons and Dragons.
@Gentalon, September 2018

Where does DM come from?

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DM for Dungeon Master emerges after the release of the roleplaying game Dungeon & Dragons in the 1970s. DMs organizes and referees the game, including guiding the narrative for all the character players.

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DM for direct message takes off after Twitter released the service in 2018.  DMs allows two users or a group of them to send messages to each other only they can see, whereas normal posts are public unless otherwise restricted. Often, users have to mutually follow each other to send and receive DMs. Right after the launch of the feature, DM was already being used as a verb, e.g., DM me when you can.

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Who uses DM?

DM is widely used by Dungeons & Dragons players everywhere. Some players view them with trepidation, as they can control the game—potentially to their downfall. This has lead to the expression beware the smiling DM, who might have some mischievous trick up their sleeve.

 

While closely associated with Twitter, DM can be used of other private-messaging services on social media platforms such as Instagram or Facebook.

Individuals may DM one another for a variety of reasons, e.g., to get contact info for an interview or resolve an issue with a company. However, DMs have a creepier reputation in popular culture. Sliding into the DMs is an expression for when a person contacts someone privately, often men seeking sexual encounters with women.

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Note that DM can stand for direct mail or direct mailer, used by marketers and campaigners.

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