What Does RML Mean in a Text?

RML means "Read My Lips."

The abbreviation RML is used with the meaning "Read My Lips" to emphasize the importance of the sender's words. The use of RML typically indicates that whatever is being said is the sender's final statement on the matter being discussed. RML is often sent as a denial of a repeated request. In this context it can express annoyance or irritation.

At the 1998 Republican National Congress, George H.W. Bush famously used the phrase "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" during his speech in acceptance of the party's nomination as the presidential candidate. On winning the election, he subsequently increased taxes. During the 1992 presidential campaign, his Democratic rival, Bill Clinton used these words against him. Bush failed to win re-election.

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When I write RML, I mean this:

meaning of RML

RML. I mean what I say.

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of RML in Sentences

Here are examples of RML being used in conversations:
  • Alex: Seriously? You won't even lend me 5 bucks?
  • Chris: RML. No more loans until you have paid back what you already owe me.
  • George H.W. Bush: RML. No new taxes.
  • Congress: We'll see about that.

An Academic Look at RML

RML is typically used as an imperative (i.e., an order).

RML is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Ar Em Ell). However, it is not often spoken using its letters. The abbreviation RML is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "Read My Lips," or something like "Listen To Me," instead of using RML.

Example of RML Used in a Text

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