What Does CML Mean in a Text?

CML means "Call Me Later." The abbreviation CML is typically used at the end of a text chat or when contact has been established at an inopportune moment.

Of note, CML also stands for "Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia," which is a type of cancer that starts in certain blood-forming cells of the bone marrow.

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When I write CML, I mean this:

meaning of CML

CML indicates that the recipient would like to speak later.

Summary of Key Points

"Call Me Later" is the most common definition for CML on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Call Me Later
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of CML in Sentences

Here are examples of CML being used in conversations with the meaning "Call Me Later":
  • Interviewer: The starting salary is $10K, rising to $20K later.
  • Interviewee: Great! CML.
  • Hey alcohol, we had a deal where you would make me funnier, smarter, and a better dancer. I saw the video and we need to talk! CML.

An Academic Look at CML

CML is an´┐Żinitialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., See Em Ell), but as this is harder to say than "Call Me Later," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation CML is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

Of note, CML is an imperative sentence (i.e., an order).

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said something like "Call Me Later" or "Call Me Tonight" instead of using the abbreviation CML.

Example of CML Used in a Text

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