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The texting era has brought an onslaught of new acronyms. Here's a guide to 50 of the most common texting abbreviations, from FML to IRL.

The texting era has brought an onslaught of new acronyms. Here's a guide to 50 of the most common texting abbreviations, from FML to IRL.

Meaning of LMAO, FML, and tons of other phrases

Have you ever wondered what FML means? If you have, you're in the right place! This term has been in use on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and even in instant messaging clients and online games for years. The slang term has become even more popular with the release of the movie Just Go With It, where actor Adam Sandler uses it as his Facebook status.

FML is usually a somewhat offensive term and is often used in frustration. It is an acronym meaning "f*ck my life." Because of the meaning of this term, it should be used with care in order not to offend whoever hears it. 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 Mighty Low."

However, FML has several other meanings.

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

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

Alternative Meanings of FML

FML has other definitions, all of which are entirely unrelated to "F*ck 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:

  • 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

(Submit your meaning by commenting below!)

Interesting Facts About FML

Making up alternate meanings for FML is understandable. You have to admit, its original definition is fairly negative. Because of the somewhat vulgar meaning of FML, many Christian groups have been pushing for 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 in this sense.

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 amusing to hear the fake etymology (history) of the term, but it is meant as a joke and does not mean this.

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

Top 50 Texting Abbreviations and Meanings

AbbreviationMeaning

AFAIK

as far as I know

ATM

at the moment

B@U

back at you

BRB

be right back

BTW

by the way

CYA

see you (or cover your ass)

CYT

see you tomorrow

FML

f*ck my life

FTW

for the win

FWIW

for what it's worth

G2G or GTG

got to go

GR8

great

IDC

I don't care

IDK

I don't know

IKR

I know, right?

ILY

I love you

IMHO

in my humble opinion

IMO

in my opinion

IRL

in real life

JK

just kidding

LMAO

laughing my ass off

LMK

let me know

LOL

laugh out loud

LY

love you

MFW

my face when

NBD

no big deal

NP

no problem

NSFW

not safe for work

NVM

never mind

OFC

of course

OMFG

oh my f*cking god

OMG

oh my god

OMW

on my way

RN

right now

ROFL

rolling on the floor laughing

SMH

shake my head

STFU

shut the f*ck up

TBH

to be honest

TFW

that feeling when

TIL

today I learned

TL;DR

too long; didn't read

TMB

text me back

TMI

too much information

TN

tonight

TTYL

talk to you later

TTYT

talk to you tomorrow

TY

thank you

WTF

what the f*ck

WTH

what the hell

YOLO

you only live once

Questions & Answers

Question: What does "irl" stand for?

Answer: "Irl" stands for "in real life."

Question: What does “lmao” mean?

Answer: "Lmao" stands for "laughing my ass off."

Question: What does "BRB" stand for?

Answer: "BRB" stands for "be right back."

Question: What does "GTG" mean?

Answer: "GTG" stands for "got to go" and is said when the person has to leave.

Question: What does TTYL mean?

Answer: TTYL stands for "talk to you later."

© 2011 Melanie

Comments

IAmTheRealBlade on February 12, 2020:

you forgot fp: facepalm/ faceplant

on October 04, 2019:

Find my luggage

Fill my love

Meatball on July 31, 2019:

Nevermind

Harmony on May 07, 2019:

F*ck my love

Fix my life

Forgive my luck

hunter on April 05, 2019:

i just had an email for school and I thought it was ruined so I was going to exit out but just as it happened the whole email was fixed and i already clicked the red X

Joo on December 08, 2018:

I thought it's f#ck me lord smh send help

Karyn20 on July 21, 2018:

FML - For My Life

FML- Forgive My Language

FML- Forever My Love

FML- Forward My Letter

FML-Feel My Love

FML-F*ck My Lawyer

whoknows? on May 20, 2018:

Friends Make Life

Find Me Love

Miltonpickle on February 04, 2018:

Farewell my love.... Nice way of saying "See Ya".

Anonymous on January 24, 2018:

Well I heard it in '13 reasons why' and still couldn't find any relation between f**k my life and the three friends#(lol

Lmao on June 19, 2017:

Forgetting more luggage.

Forget my loans.

Feathers my life.

Forms move life?

Forks my life.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on June 18, 2017:

About that movie: ROFLMAOPMP!!

hopemaxwell on November 29, 2016:

Lmao

Dee42 on February 04, 2013:

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.

JBJblaze on January 12, 2013:

FOR MY LORD.

justin tyme on June 27, 2012:

FML frequently heard at airports, find my luggage.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on June 22, 2012:

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!

Melissa Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on May 25, 2012:

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 on January 31, 2012:

It could also mean funny man laughing

sarah d on December 26, 2011:

it could also mean Fix My Liver

chrysmen on August 25, 2011:

Another meanin of FML wil be free my lyf.

Honey on May 05, 2011:

Great info collected:)lol:)

Brittany Rowland from Woodstock, GA on April 10, 2011:

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!

Emma from Houston TX on February 25, 2011:

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

tomsum from Australia on February 16, 2011:

haha, good post!

kethyjewel from India on February 14, 2011:

I think FML means "for my love"

Hello, hello, from London, UK on February 12, 2011:

Aniything bad would spread like wildfire.