FML Meaning

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What does FML mean?

FML means F*ck My Life.

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FML Meaning
Find out what FML means and how it is used.

FML is an initialism that means “F*ck My Life”. It’s an expression often used by people to express feelings of frustration or displeasure when things aren’t going well in life.

There is also a website called FMyLife on which people can submit anecdotes describing awkward situations they’ve been in, bad experiences they’ve had, etc. Each anecdote ends with “FML”.

Where is FML used?

FML is often used in text messaging and on popular social networks where people have conversations with each other.

FML is used on the follow platforms and places:

  • texting
  • online conversation
  • Discord
  • Facebook
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Twitch
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
An example of the initialism FML in a text message.
An example of the initialism FML in a text message.

How is FML used?

FML is used to express feelings of frustration, annoyance, anger and displeasure when things aren’t going well. It is similar to saying something like “my life sucks”.

Do people say FML out loud?

People don’t say “FML” out loud (the letters), but they do sometimes say “f*ck my life”.

Example Uses of FML

In a text message:
I got fired yesterday and now my house just burnt down! FML.

Someone venting to their friend about the hardships they are experiencing.

In a text message:
There's a test TODAY??? FML

Someone finds out the test they thought was next week is actually today – and they're not prepared.

On online conversation:
I got an F on the final exam... FML.

Someone is upset about doing poorly on an exam.

On Facebook:

Someone is overwhelmed.

On Facebook:

Someone accidentally cut their finger off!

Who uses FML?

FML is used by a lot of different people. While we can’t identify any single group of people that uses the term more than others, it is probably used more by younger people and by people who grew up using social media in 2009.

History of FML

First Use

We’re not sure when FML was first used. It was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2005, but Google searches for the term were almost nonexistent, according to Google Trends.

Data from Google Trends showing the popularity of searches for FML.
Data from Google Trends showing the popularity of searches for FML.

Rise in Popularity

There was a massive increase in Google searches for “FML” in early 2009 when the website FMyLife was launched. Since, then searches for the term have slowly declined.

What was used before FML?

Instead of saying “f*ck my life”, people may have instead said something along the lines of “my life sucks”, “this sucks” or “f*ck this”.