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

By Elisha Baba


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You saw a video your child posted to TikTok with the letters KMS, and you aren’t sure what to make of it. KMS is an acronym often used in social media videos popular with Gen Z.

What does KMS mean?

“KMS” is a shorter version of “kill myself” and it is often used when a Gen Zer is so embarrassed they think they would rather die than face the consequences. While KMS may sound dark, it is almost always used in the melodramatic and is rarely serious.

KMS is only used online, never in person, and is only for casual situations.

What does KMS mean?

How to use KMS

  • “She did WHAT? I would KMS.”
  • “I accidentally sent a text meant for my boyfriend to my dad. KMS.”
  • “I can’t believe I forgot I’m going to KMS.”
  • “If I were that popular I would KMS.”
  • KMS can be used as a response when you think someone is way to over the top or embarrassing.

Using KMS the right way

KMS should be used to express extreme embarrassment on behalf of yourself or someone else. If you are embarrassed for someone else, such as someone falling in a viral video, KMS must always be used after comparing yourself to the person in the video.

It is very difficult to use KMS properly and it is not recommended as a common use abbreviation because it doesn’t have a good meaning on its own.

KMS Variations

As with most acronyms, there are variations of KMS. The most popular is KYS which is short for “kill yourself” it is almost never appropriate to use the KYS variation and it is rare to do so as it can be seen an internet bullying.

Should you worry about your child using KMS?

While most uses of KYS are harmless and comical, if you notice your child using KMS it might be a good idea to discuss mental health with them. Ensure they are in a good place, and that they know how serious suicide can be. If you notice your child using KYS, it might also be time for a discussion on internet bullying and what words are appropriate to say to others.

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