What Does GOML Mean?

This rare acronym isn't exactly the nicest thing to say to someone

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If someone just told you to GOML online or in a text, you were probably left scratching your head. This is ones of those rare acronyms that doesn't appear in the wild too often.

GOML stands for:

Get On My Level

If you're unfamiliar with this expression, you might be wondering what kind of "level" system is being referenced here.

The Meaning of GOML

In general, GOML is all about living up to personal expectations—or the imaginary "level" we strive to be at and falsely assume others should too.

For instance, if Person A says GOML to Person B, it simply means that Person A wants Person B to live up to the same expectations Person A has for themselves and act accordingly. From the perspective of Person A (the one saying GOML), Person B might appear to be acting childishly, immaturely or inappropriately in some way. Likewise, they might appear to be lacking in awareness, knowledge, understanding or skills.

The gap between expected behavior and actual behavior is where the "level" reference comes in. If you think of the ways in which humans learn to develop their behaviors and intellectual knowledge, you could say that we're all striving to reach different, imaginary "levels" through our experiences over time.

How GOML Is Used

GOML is typically used in a condescending manner. The "level" reference implies that the person saying GOML is somehow better than the one being called out.

The acronym is typically used by people who love to stroke their own egos. This is achieved by creating this imaginary level of desired/acceptable behavior and using GOML to bring attention to another's seemingly undesirable/unacceptable level of behavior.

GOML can also be used in a competitive way to claim that one person is winning over the other. The one who says GOML is basically the same as saying, "I'm the winner and you're the loser."

Examples of GOML in Use

Example 1

Friend #1: "Did you try clearing your cache?"

Friend #2: "No"

Friend #1: "Do it now. That should fix the problem."

Friend #2: "Okay... how do I do that?"

Friend #1: "Are u being serious? Dude you really need to GOML."

In this example, Friend #1 asks Friend #2 to do something that they simply don't know how to do—not because they're unintelligent, but perhaps because they never had the opportunity to learn how to do it. Despite this, Friend #1 then uses GOML in a condescending way to communicate their shock and disdain at Friend #2's lack of skill.

Example 2

Friend #1: "I just stacked all the empty beer cans I had to make a pretty sweet looking tower."

Friend #2: "Lol, that's nothing... last year me and my roommates lined an entire wall with them. GOML."

In this next example, Friend #1 shares an accomplishment they're proud of, but Friend #2 turns it into a competition by describing how they've done better in a similar situation. Friend #2 uses GOML to basically declare themselves the winner.

Alternative Acronyms to GOML

There are at least two other acronyms that can be used interchangeably with GOML:

GWI: Get With It.

GWTP: Get With The Program. 

Both of the above acronyms are more generalized versions of GOML. They don't quite offer the same ecocentric vibe that GOML does, but they still maintain that hint of harshness and condescension.

There's also the expression, "Get a clue," which doesn't have a corresponding acronym for text speak, but means pretty much the same thing as GOML, GWI and GWTP.

Use whichever acronym you like with caution. It might make you feel really good to put down someone else in order to lift yourself up, but you certainly won't make or keep friends around if you do it often.