What Does PMF Mean in a Text?

PMF means "Pardon My French." It is an abbreviation used to excuse the use of a profanity or swear words. The phrase "Pardon My French" actually has nothing to do with the French language, but is effectively an apology for the use of a vulgar English term.

Although "Pardon My French" is often used without meaning any insult to the French people or language, it can be perceived as offensive. The origins are somewhat confused: Some sources claim that it relates to the centuries-long enmity between France and England and was, indeed, originally intended as an insult, as anything rude or offensive was often labelled "French" (e.g., syphilis was known as the French pox); others claim that it derives from a literal usage of the exclamation in the 19th century as, when English people used French expressions in conversation, they often apologized for it. (Probably because many of their listeners wouldn't be familiar with the language.)

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When I write PMF, I mean this:

meaning of PMF

PMF is usually an excuse for cursing.

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of PMF in Sentences

Here are examples of PMF being used in conversations:
  • Jim: He said he's going to be a millionaire by next year.
  • Billy: PMF, but he's an asshole.
  • Gilly: How's the new boss settling in.
  • Oscar: He's a complete dick! PMF.

An Academic Look at PMF

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Pee Emm Eff"), PMF is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

PMF is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). It is not often 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 just said "Pardon My French" instead of using the abbreviation PMF.

Example of PMF Used in a Text

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