What Does ICYMI Mean?

The term ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) accompanies a message that gives someone information of interest to them. Typically, this information is an URL to a news item or a newly published blog. Particularly among business associates, ICYMI carries a connotation of "I know you've probably seen this, but I wanted to be sure."

Summary of Key Points

"In Case You Missed It" is the most common definition for ICYMI on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:In Case You Missed It
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write ICYMI, I mean this:

meaning of ICYMI
ICYMI is often used as a caveat before highlighting some information to someone.


Examples of ICYMI in Sentences

Here are some examples of ICYMI being used in sentences:
  • ICYMI Jack is in the local paper for his award.
  • Here's a link to last night's speech ICYMI: [insert URL].

An Academic Look at ICYMI

ICYMI is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye See Why Em Eye), but as this is harder to say than "in case you missed it," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation ICYMI is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

The ICYMI can be classified as an adverb of condition. Such adverbs normally start with if. Compare the examples below:
  • If you missed it, here it is.
  • ICYMI, here it is.
An adverb of condition (especially when it's a phrase at the start of a sentence) is usually followed by a comma to offset it from the main clause. However, in text speak and internet chat, the comma is nearly always omitted for brevity.

Example of ICYMI Used in a Text


See Also

FOMO (fear of missing out) MIA (missing in action) GTBOSH (glad to be of some help) IMY (I miss you)