"FML": Meaning in Text Messaging & the Internet

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Have you ever wondered what FML means? If you have, you're in the right place!

The slang term, FML, has become increasingly popular with the release of the movie "Just Go With It," where actor Adam Sandler types FML as his Facebook status.

This term has actually been in use way before the movie -- users on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and even in instant messaging clients and online games have been using the term for years.

FML is usually a somewhat offensive term and is often used in frustration. It is an acronym meaning F**k My Life. Because of the meaning of this term, it should be used with care in order not the offend whoever receives a message that might contain this term.

However, FML doesn't just mean "f**k my life." In fact, FML actually has several other meanings.


Alternative Meanings

Those looking for a polite version of this term may wish to use it to mean "Forget My Life," "Funk My Life," or even "Feeling Might Low."

FML has other definitions, all of which are completely unrelated to "F**k My Life" which include:

Football Manager Live (a website)

Family Medical Leave (sometimes called FMLA "Family Medical Leave Act")

For My Lady (A Moody Blues song)

User Submitted Meanings:
(submit your own meaning by commenting below)
Free My Life
Find My Luggage (heard at an airport)
Fix My Liver
Find My Lover
For My Love
Fix My Lover
Fix My Life

There are more strange and interesting facts about the meaning behind this term! For example, a Christian groups made an attempt at changing the meaning of FML so that it doesn't have such a negative connotation.

FML scene from the movie "Superbad"

Just going to add a little bit of oregano... fml!
Just going to add a little bit of oregano... fml!

What do you think?

What should FML mean?

  • It should mean "f*ck my life!"
  • It should mean "forgive me, lord!"
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Interesting Facts About FML

FML has other, somewhat nonsensical definitions. As a joke, many say that FML means "Fix My Lighthouse." Those who say it means this, may make up a fake history to back up the meaning of the word.

It may be really funny to hear the fake etymology (history) behind the term, but it is meant as a joke and does not really mean this.

Making up meanings to FML is understandable. You have to admit, it's original definition is fairly negative. Because of the somewhat vulgar meaning of FML, many Christian groups have been pushing a new definition: Forgive Me, Lord.

The attempt thus far, however, has not been a successful one and very few people outside of these Christian groups use the term to mean this.

The term is said to have its origins from the movie "Superbad" and has spread like wildfire from there on.

The phrase "FML" is so popular that there is an entire website dedicated to users who submit horror stories about things that have happened in their lives. Each story is appended with "FML."

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Comments 14 comments

Dee42 3 years ago

I was reading a book and I came along these 3 letters, a girl's car was broke down and she said this similar to OMG. I was curious what it stood for. Ha.

Great hub.

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justin tyme 4 years ago

FML frequently heard at airports, find my luggage.

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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

This one, I'm well familiar with--in it's vulgar form! I see it on FaceBook all the time in posts from kids who think that being disciplined means they are being treated unfairly! Sheesh!

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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

Sarah d, it could also mean Fix My Lover! lmao

Great hub, there's a smartphone app too called FML and there are some CRAZY funny stories on there!!

Sonny88 4 years ago

It could also mean funny man laughing

sarah d 4 years ago

it could also mean Fix My Liver

chrysmen 5 years ago

Another meanin of FML wil be free my lyf.

Honey 5 years ago

Great info collected:)lol:)

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Painted Seahorse 5 years ago from Woodstock, GA

I like checking out the site FML. There are some pretty funny stories there. I didn't know about all the alternate meanings--cool info!

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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Thanks for bringing my knowledge to the meaning of FML. It so nice

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tomsum 5 years ago from Australia

haha, good post!

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kethyjewel 5 years ago from India

I think FML means "for my love"

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Aniything bad would spread like wildfire.

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