Where does HML come from?
HML for hate my life originates on the internet in the 2000s as a negative counterpart to LML, or love my life, and a milder variant of FML, or fuck my life. The acronym is entered on Urban Dictionary by 2006 and appears on Twitter by 2008, spreading as a hashtag on social media in the 2010s.
HML for hit my line is recorded by 2010. Hit my line appears to originate as black slang for "call (hit me up) on the phone (line)." The phrase has notably appeared in hip-hop lyrics, such as Drake's 2016 "4pm in Calabasas," and has supplied the titles of various other rap tracks. Its acronym, HML, is recorded on the likes of Urban Dictionary by 2010.
Who uses HML?
On social media, HML is often issued in response to an everyday setback (e.g., "Locked my keys in my car again #HML"). While it can used as an earnest expression of frustration, HML can also have an air of self-deprecating hyperbole, particularly when marking something that is inconvenient but not the end of the world. HML can mark the tone of statement as a hashtag, "#HML," or grammatically substitute for the phrase hate my life (e.g., I have to work a double shift on Saturday night and I really HML).
HML for hit my line is often messaged as a request for a friend to start or continue a conversation over the phone. This acronym has broadened to refer to forms of direct messaging, used (or criticized) when a person is reaching out to a romantic interest for private communication online. Both hit my line and HML are associated with black slang and internet.
Don't hml I have a boo ☺️
@megannsean, April, 2018
Think I’ll just quit and go work at the mall where I can make another 5 dollars per hour and not hml.
@ari_life_scene, November, 2008
When you call him on the phone / And you just get dial-toned / You know I could be the one to pick you up / You can hit my line
Gianni & Kyle, "Hit My Line" (song), 2017