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BMS

or rate:BMS [bee em es]

What does BMS mean?

BMS is an internet acronym for “broke my scale," used in support of a user, often a woman, posting a picture of herself and asking for a numerical rating from her online followers.

Where does BMS come from?

Examples of BMS

4th WCW @jenyqtpi she so cute #bms #10 #ratebms #damn #wooooo #wcw
ppaappii.chulo, Instagram, January, 2014
How about you? Follow me @springbreakgirls_sbg 😘😍 #blonde #brunette #bluejeans #sexygirls #sexy #eyes #lipstick #makeup #gorgeous #contacts #croptop #shirt #nails #fitgirl #pants #bms #slay #wow #prettygirls #loveislove
springbreakgirls_sbg, Instagram, March, 2018
In this case, a girl may trade a “like” — meaning, a friend will like her photo — in exchange for another tidbit of honesty: a 1-10 rating, of how much she likes you, your best physical feature, and a numerical scale that answers the question of “are we friends?” and many others. Girls hope for a “BMS,” or break my scale, the ultimate show of affection.
Rachel Simmons, Time, November, 2014
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Who uses BMS?

During the height of the acronym’s popularity, BMS was mostly used by young women and men on social media, sometimes in the form of rate:BMS.

As noted, BMS has largely fallen out of use, with Instagram posts including “#BMS” being more likely to tag a brand, business, or school with the initials BMS (e.g., Bristol Motor Speedway or Barberton Middle School). Rating photos on a scale is still popular on some social-media accounts (e.g., WeRateDogs awarding dog pictures a 12/10 for cuteness), though the BMS acronym is not common in replies to these accounts.

Around the same time as the hashtag “#BMS” was gaining popularity in the early 2010s, a TV show about college freshmen, Blue Mountain State, was also airing. As viewers watched live and streamed reruns for a few years, the hashtag “#BMS” served as a hub for online conversations about the show on social media.

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