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FML Acronym: Definition, Meaning, and How to Use It

By Elisha Baba


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You noticed your child sending a text with the letters FML, and you aren’t sure what it means. FML is an acronym often used in texting and online messaging.

What does FML mean?

“FML” is an acronym for the words “fuck my life” and it is often used when the texter wants to convey annoyance, dread, or dismay. It is often said in frustration or anger at people or things.

FML is mostly used to shorten text messages, or tweets on the social media platform Twitter. It has become so popular in recent years, however, that you might hear people, especially Gen Z and millennials, saying FML in person instead of the words the acronym represents.

What does FML mean?

How to use FML

  • “Ugh, Mr. Smith always gives way too much homework FML.”
  • “I have to work this weekend, FML.”
  • “I broke my arm, again, FML.”
  • “I locked myself out and lost my key FML.”
  • FML can be used as a response when you are angry or frustrated at something which is going on in your life.

Using FML the right way

As far as acronyms go, there are very few rules for using FML and the situations you choose to use it in will depend on your personal experiences. You can use FML anytime you are frustrated at a situation or occurrence.

FML Variations

As with most acronyms, there are variations of FML. Some of the most popular are SML and FMDL.

SML means “screw my life” and is seen as a more appropriate version of FML. FMDL means “fuck my damn life” and it is seen as a more intense version of FML when someone is having a really bad day.

Should you worry about your child using FML?

FML is not appropriate for all situations and age groups. If you notice your child using FML, it may be time to have a chat with them about appropriate language and methods of conveying their dismay. Excessive use of FML can indicate a child is struggling with mental health and it may be time to have a talk with them about how they are feeling and how it affects their life.