verb; zero derivation
To call someone out/get their attention, usually via text.
In most messaging platforms, the @ symbol is used to tag someone, so “at-ing” someone means to tag them in a message so that they definitely see it. People refer to “at-ing” someone if they haven’t responded or specifically need them for something. This is a good example of text-speak becoming something people use in real-life conversations. It probably came into use because it’s the best way to verbally describe the act of tagging someone in a message/post online.
Etymology : Developed from the fact that “@” is used to tag people in social media/messaging platforms
Source : “If they don’t respond by the end of the day, I’ll at them” —me, to a couple other members of a club I’m part of, on 9/22/17
Last modified: 29 November 2017