What Does SOML Mean?

How to understand and use this internet abbreviation

SOML stands for "story of my life." This internet acronym can be used to express a wry, self-deprecating viewpoint when negative things seem to keep happening, or to offer sympathy and commiseration for the misfortunes of others.

SOML is usually spelled with uppercase letters, but lowercase spelling is perfectly acceptable and means the same thing.

While internet acronyms can be spelled with uppercase letters, be careful not to use all uppercase letters when you're communicating by text, email, or chat. This denotes shouting and is considered rude.

Image of SOML on a phone

Examples of SOML Usage

Example 1:

SOML. My car breaks down on the first day of my new job and they fired me.

Example 2:

(User 1): I thought she typed in her phone number into my phone, but it's actually just the number for directory assistance. SOML!

(User 2): SOML! That kind of thing happens to me all the time!

Expressions Similar to SOML

  • ROFL: Rolling on the floor, laughing
  • OMG (Oh my God!)
  • Ermahgerd! (Oh my God variation)
  • WTH (What the heck! or What the he**!)
  • WTF (WTH's more profane cousin)
  • SMH (Shaking my head, as in disbelief)

Capitalizing and Punctuating Internet Abbreviations

Capitalization is a non-concern when using text abbreviations and chat jargon. Use all uppercase (SOML) or all lowercase (soml) letters, and the meaning is identical.

Proper punctuation is similarly a non-concern with most text message abbreviations and internet acronyms. For example, "too long, didn't read" can be abbreviated as TL;DR or TLDR. Both are acceptable.

Acronyms and text abbreviations never require periods between the letters. For example, SOML would never be S.O.M.L.

When tempted to use internet abbreviations or text acronyms like SOML in messages, make sure you know who your audience is. If you know someone well and it's an informal communication, it's probably OK to use abbreviations. If you're just starting a friendship or professional relationship, avoid abbreviations until you've developed a rapport.

If you're messaging in a professional context with someone at work, or with a customer or vendor outside your company, avoid abbreviations altogether. Spelling out full words shows professionalism and courtesy. It's much smarter to err on the side of being too professional at first, and then relax your communication over time.