BuzzFeed on Wednesday decided to ruin lives by asking what the meaning of IMHO was, because apparently its own staff was split. Based on the results, though, very few people know what the H stands for, and this realization is destroying friendships.
We are NOT OK rn. https://t.co/bGAKuYm3tL
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) May 2, 2018
IMHO is an abbreviation commonly used on the interwebs as a means of shorthand. Up until today I had been living my life thinking everyone knew the correct meaning of IMHO. (For the record, y’all, it’s definitely humble, not honest. “Honest” is part of TBH, which you probably know if you read here, tbh.)
Alas, I was wrong.
This is what the column’s sig (that’s newspaper for branding icon) looks like:
That’s Exhibit A. Here’s Exhibit B:
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 2, 2018
While Merriam-Webster isn’t the official dictionary we refer to at the VN (we use Webster’s New World College Dictionary), Webster’s doesn’t have a Twitter account, so I can’t include its view here. Still, I’m pretty sure it also would be Team Humble.
Also, don’t let anyone fool you: IMHO is an abbreviation, not an acronym. Acronyms are words formed from the first letter or letters of a series of words. If you aren’t pronouncing it as a word, it’s just an abbreviation. (Example: ASCII, which stands for American Standard Code for Information Interchange, is an acronym because it is pronounced æski. HTML, meanwhile, stands for Hypertext Markup Language, and is pronounced H-T-M-L, which makes it an abbreviation.)
Be honest: Did you know it was humble, not honest? Or do you believe it’s honest, not humble? Let us know!