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Difference between Don’t mention it and Don’t talk to me about it

don’t mention it—is used to indicate that thanks or apology are unnecessary:

  • I wanted to apologize for not having known him in the garden. “Don’t mention it,” he enjoined me eagerly.


a) The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase don’t mention the war—(UK) don’t speak about things that could cause an argument or tension:

  • In today’s world of “don’t mention the war” or say anything to upset the European Union, I really did believe these great little reads had long disappeared.

b) The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase never tell me—(also: don’t tell me) used to emphatically express incredulity or disappointment:

  • “Rosalie, never tell me you’ve been talking about Alexi this whole time!” “Why, yes,” said Rosalie in dismay.

don’t talk to me about it—is used as an exclamation against discussing smth.:

  • If you want to know more, read a book, or talk to Sharon or Allison. Just don’t talk to me about it anymore.

See also: don’t tell me / say no more.