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What does IMO mean? It’s an abridgment often used on social media and in chats to save time and space in posts, usually employed before someone offers their unique take on a topic. And IMO, using IMO in texts is a pretty great way to save time and space when expressing what you really think.
What does IMO mean?
The abbreviation “IMO” is an internet slang acronym that commonly stands for “in my opinion.”
IMO can also be used at the end of a statement or sentence to emphasize the fact that what’s just been said is merely one individual opinion.
The use of IMO, especially on Twitter, is often used in an effort not to appear confrontational, or to make clear that what you’re saying is totally subjective. This is similar to other Twitter phrases like “don’t @ me.”
For example, saying “Fozzie Bear is the best Muppet” is a strong statement that could cause an angry reaction. Softening it with “IMO Fozzie Bear is the best Muppet” might provoke a more conversational response.
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An alternative option you will see in use is “IMHO.” This means “in my humble opinion.”
Some people interpret this variation as “in my honest opinion.” But surely no-one gives a dishonest opinion, so this doesn’t make as much sense as “humble.” Either way, it’s a fun way to vary your opinionated abbreviations.
A recent BuzzFeed poll on the topic went viral with an argument about which version is correct. In the end, over 100,000 votes for “humble” saw it edging it forward as the most popular choice with 57% of the vote.
JMHO, meaning “just my humble opinion,” is a less common, but nonetheless still used, alternative.
Taking variations to the maximum, IMNSHO can be used to say “in my not so humble opinion” usually used jokingly or ironically.
There is also “in my considered opinion” (INCO), “in my educated opinion” (INEO) or even “in my absolutely honest opinion” (INAHO). Although, TBH, if you’re abbreviating phrases that get this complicated, people might not understand what it is you mean. It’s probably better to stick with the basic IMO or go ahead and spell it all out.
While if you’re talking internet slang, IMO almost certainly means “in my opinion,” but there are other less popular meanings for this particular acronym.
Keep in mind that you could get your wires crossed with this abbreviation. IMO can also stand for “in memory of,” the International Maritime Organization, the International Meteor Organization, or the International Meteorological Organization. There’s also a fairly popular messaging app called imo and Imo, the Nigerian state.
Amy-Mae Turner is a tech reporter who focuses on gadgets, streaming entertainment, social media, and internet lingo. She previously served as a senior features writer for Mashable.