What Does OML Mean in a Text?

OML means "Oh My Lord."

The abbreviation OML is an interjection, typically used to express surprise. It is used in much the same way as OMG (Oh My God). OML can be used to express both positive and negative reactions, as well as to show frustration or exasperation. (See examples below.)

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When I write OML, I mean this:

meaning of OML

OML can express both positive and negative emotions.

Summary of Key Points

"Oh My Lord" is the most common definition for OML on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Oh My Lord
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of OML in Sentences

Here are examples of OML being used in conversations:
  • Janet: I'm pregnant!
  • Sarah: OML! Congratulations! What did Mike say?
  • Janet: He said, "Who's is it?"
  • Sarah: OML!
  • Robyn: I miss you. Why don't you call me anymore?
  • Naomi: OML! Really?! Have you forgotten that you lied to me?!
  • Peter: I'm running late. Will be there in 10.
  • Neil: OML! We're going to miss the train!

An Academic Look at OML

OML is an interjection. An interjection is not grammatically related to any other part of the sentence. It is included in a sentence (usually at the start) to express a sentiment such as surprise, disgust, joy, excitement, or enthusiasm. In formal writing, interjections are offset from the surrounding words with commas. For example:
  • OML, She's back with John!
  • (Here, OML is an interjection expressing surprise.)
  • OML, I can't believe you just ate that!
  • (Here, OML is an interjection expressing surprise and disgust.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Gosh," "Jeepers," or "Crikey!" instead of using OML.

Example of OML Used in a Text

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