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fml

or #FML

What does fml mean?

FML is an acronym meaning “fuck my life,” usually said at the conclusion of a negative story.

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Examples of fml

“Today, I discovered FMyLife.com. I got zero work done. FML
Mark Milian, “FMyLife lets you sound off on everyday problems,” Los Angeles Times (February 10, 2009)
“Believe it or not, some people have faced the worst and even managed to share on a website called fmylife.com. The website not only allows you submit your FML moments but also to read and vote on others’ whether you agree with them or you think they deserved it.”
Kusum Manral, “30 Worst FML Moments Shared By People That’ll Make You Glad About Your Life!” Sarcasm (September, 2016)
“The Aussie probably won't quit his day job anytime soon, but each took turns putting the better-you-than-me stories to song, and after four rounds they landed on a true gem of deadpanned country comedy: "Today, my ex stole my car keys," it began. “Good news is she can’t drive stick. Bad news is she set my car on fire. FML.'”
Chris Parton, “See Keith Urban Say 'FML' With Jimmy Fallon,” Rolling Stone (May 7, 2016)
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Who uses fml?

Fml is often said at the end of a personal story that ends in a downer, often one of an extreme variety. It acts as a punchline to the “joke” that is the story’s tragedy. This is a key component, as even though fml’s meaning is negative, it is usually used in a humorous context.

When spoken out loud, fml is usually said in full, rather than the shortened acronym version. When used on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram, it tends to be hashtagged (#FML).

While no one ever really says “Fix my lighthouse,” there is at least one actual alternate definition for fml, though its usage is rare. Some Christian groups have tried to reinvent the phrase as “Forgive me, Lord.” So far, this attempt has not replaced the more popular vulgar version.

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