What Does FML Mean? IRL, CYA, GR8, BTW, and More!

Updated on July 23, 2020
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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.

What Does FML Mean?

The short answer is that FML means "f*ck my life."

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!)

Where Did FML Come From?

The term was first uploaded to Urban Dictionary in 2005, but it did not gain widespread popularity until the release of "Superbad" in 2007. By 2008, when FMyLife.com was born, the term had already spread like wildfire.

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

as far as I know
at the moment
back at you
be right back
by the way
see you (or cover your ass)
see you tomorrow
f*ck my life
for the win
for what it's worth
G2G or GTG
got to go
I don't care
I don't know
I know, right?
I love you
in my humble opinion
in my opinion
in real life
just kidding
laughing my ass off
let me know
laugh out loud
love you
my face when
no big deal
no problem
not safe for work
never mind
of course
oh my f*cking god
oh my god
on my way
right now
rolling on the floor laughing
shake my head
shut the f*ck up
to be honest
that feeling when
today I learned
too long; didn't read
text me back
too much information
talk to you later
talk to you tomorrow
thank you
what the f*ck
what the hell
you only live once

Questions & Answers

  • What does "irl" stand for?

    "Irl" stands for "in real life."

  • What does “lmao” mean?

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

  • What does TTYL mean?

    TTYL stands for "talk to you later."

  • What does "BRB" stand for?

    "BRB" stands for "be right back."

  • What does "GTG" mean?

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

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      5 months ago

      you forgot fp: facepalm/ faceplant

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      10 months ago

      Find my luggage

      Fill my love

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      12 months ago


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      15 months ago

      F*ck my love

      Fix my life

      Forgive my luck

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      16 months ago

      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

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      20 months ago

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

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      2 years ago

      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

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      2 years ago

      Friends Make Life

      Find Me Love

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      2 years ago

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

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      2 years ago

      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

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      3 years ago

      Forgetting more luggage.

      Forget my loans.

      Feathers my life.

      Forms move life?

      Forks my life.

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      Liz Elias 

      3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      About that movie: ROFLMAOPMP!!

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      3 years ago


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      7 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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      7 years ago

      FOR MY LORD.

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      justin tyme 

      8 years ago

      FML frequently heard at airports, find my luggage.

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      Liz Elias 

      8 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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      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 

      8 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!!

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      8 years ago

      It could also mean funny man laughing

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      sarah d 

      8 years ago

      it could also mean Fix My Liver

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      8 years ago

      Another meanin of FML wil be free my lyf.

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      9 years ago

      Great info collected:)lol:)

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      Brittany Rowland 

      9 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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      9 years ago from Houston TX

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

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      9 years ago from Australia

      haha, good post!

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      9 years ago from India

      I think FML means "for my love"

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Aniything bad would spread like wildfire.


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