What Does IHML Mean in a Text?

IHML means "I Hate My Life."

The abbreviation IHML is typically used in a joking way to indicate that you're not happy with the way life is going. Although usually meant as a joke, IHML can sometimes be used seriously, especially in response to a run of bad luck or on the ending of a relationship. In such circumstances, IHML usually refers to a temporary state of being. If used frequently by someone, especially if they are thought to be depressed, it may be cause for concern.

Of note, when someone feels life isn't fair and is tempted to think "I Hate My Life," they will often listen to music. The song "Everybody Hurts" by REM might be the perfect choice. In 2012, it was voted the most depressing song of all time.

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When I write IHML, I mean this:

meaning of IHML

IHML needn't always be taken seriously.

Summary of Key Points

"I Hate My Life" is the most common definition for IHML on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Hate My Life
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of IHML in Sentences

Here are examples of IHML being used in conversations:
  • Freddie: My parents are taking me to Florida for half term.
  • Matt: It's not fair. We're camping in Granny's garden. IHML.
  • Charlie: How are you coping after losing Sheila?
  • Paul: My days are so empty. IHML and I just don't want to be around anymore.

An Academic Look at IHML

The phrase IHML is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye Aitch Em Ell), but as this is harder to say than "I Hate My Life," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation IHML is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

IHML is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). It is not normally used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "It's So Unfair," "I'm So Fed Up" or even just "I Hate My Life" instead of using IHML.

Example of IHML Used in a Text

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