Examples of LML
Examples of LML
Where does LML come from?
While it’s not exactly clear when it was first used, LML emerges online in the late 2000s.
Both senses of the acronym earned entries on Urban Dictionary in 2008 and appear on Twitter by 2009. Both senses also apparently originate as distinctions from older internet abbreviations such as LOL and FML, whose overuse may have drained them of force or meaning for many texters and tweeters.
Laughing mad loud appears to a riff on LOL (laughing out loud) and LMAO (laughing my ass off). As widespread use of these acronyms weakened their intensity, LML helps fill the gap by expressing an almost inappropriate, cover-your-mouth level of hilarity. Mad, here, is slang for “extremely.”
Love my life, meanwhile, seems to start as a positive alternative to FML (fuck my life) or HML (hate my life), commonly used to comment on a personal setback, grievance, or annoyance online.
Who uses LML?
Both senses of LML enjoy fairly widespread use in digital communication, especially online. Users may occasionally refer to the acronym in full form, indicating LML may have some uptake into actual speech (e.g., I just let out a laugh mad loud).
The laughing mad loud LML is somewhat more common among younger black internet users and is often paired with the Face with Tears of Joy emoji, 😂.
The love my life LML is more common among young to middle-aged white female users, often in the form of “#lml” and alongside various heart emoji. It’s intended to appreciate an everyday moment of joy (e.g., unexpectedly receiving flowers on one’s first day at a new job). This LML, however, can also be used ironically or sarcastically, resembling FML or HML in tone.