An actual acronym among the mass of Millennial abbreviations--WTF, OMFG, ad nauseum--mistaken as such.

The word fomo (not to be mistaken with its homophone, Faux-mo) stands for “fuck off; move on.” Its lack of semicolon is comparable to other minor details implied—though not included—in the transference of countless other phrases to acronyms. ex: the word “of” in OPEC.

Created as an addition to the lexicon of netspeak, fomo is ideal for a thread in which some twatrot insists on saying the same thing with slightly different phrasing under the auspices that this time s/he’ll make everyone else “see the light.” A mod or community member who’s had enough might chime in ‘”Dude, we all heard you. Feel free to fomo. Matter of fact, I insist.’

However, the inception of fomo came about in direct response to some Millennials with the attention span of gnats, who—despite the fact they’ve never read an entire book in their lives—still feel the inherent need to exert the time and energy to snark that a 5-paragraph post was tl; dr.
(via chat):

‘Fecking shit. I spent all morning writing a blog just to log-in tonight and find four lame-ass comments in response!’

‘dang, maing. 4 cmnts means u affected 4 ppl. imagine how I feel 2 get cero?’

‘Yeah, well imagine how *I* feel when all four say ‘tl;dr’?’

‘worrrrrst. it's like, whyd they feel the need 2 tell u that? bitches need to just fomo—and fast.’

‘Agreed. I don’t have to stop some author in his tracks and go, ‘Hey, I didn’t read your book.’


‘O.K. You can speak in English now…”
by clintcatalyst July 10, 2008
Fear Of Missing Out-
(I am the originator of this term back in 2000)
It's true definition is:

To be in one location yet have an overwhelming feeling that something really great is happening elsewhere...

thus you must leave one party to attend another... only to discover that you are still plagued by the fomo at the new location.
Burning Man gives me bad FOMO... actually all festivals do.
by Frankie Norstad October 29, 2010
Usually when your friends are off out, you try to stay in but as they start pre drinking you get fomo and end up going out so you don't miss out on a good night-the zorro's of life get it alot (see zorro)
by agatha cristie October 20, 2013
Fear Of Missing Out Syndrome.
I didn't want to come to this party, but I got FOMOS when everybody else started talking about what a great time they would have.
by atangren August 11, 2012
Abbreviation for "Fear of missing out."
Justin has FOMO hard. He can't come to see the Chillies tonight coz he couldn't get off work.
by StoneColdFox October 08, 2008
'Fraid Of Missing Out
That Yale is so FOMO she texts her pals to see if they forgot to tell her something....
by zuma586 August 20, 2007
"Fear of missing out"
Jonny got the rep for being a fomo, but jake's a bigger one.
by Caius Justinas June 30, 2005
When someone is picking on you for no reason. And they say don't let your FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) stop you from leaving this hangout.
You can answer with, "You can just FOMO (Fuck Off Mate Orrite)
by Inspir4zione March 30, 2015
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