Full Form of IMAO

IMAO Full Form

IMAO stands for In My Arrogant Opinion. It is a slang internet acronym that is similar to LOL (Laugh Out Loud), BTW (By The Way), etc. It is generally used in text messaging on the internet as it takes less time to type just a few characters than a complete phrase. Here, arrogant means an act of showing yourself or your words superior to somebody else by using an offensive attitude. Hence, IMAO is used with a sense of irony or self-deprecation, giving own opinion more strongly, or humorously undermining someone’s opinion.

Full Form of IMAO


IMAO is derived from another acronym IMHO which means ‘In My Humble Opinion’. IMHO is used in the sense of request while IMAO is used in the sense of commanding and in a harsh manner. This prohibits the use of this acronym for formal or official discussion. The abbreviation got huge popularity after 1989. This was because of its use in a Usenet conversation that was related to the jam band The Grateful Dead. A post was shared by a user named, David Vinayak Wallace. In his post, he said: “OK then, let me cast some kerosene onto the fire. IMAO this is how I would rate various periods of the band’s history”. When the post goes viral, 30,000 messages were sent by the users to ask the meaning of IMAO. Later, at the end of the post, a postscript was added by Mr. Wallace to make the term understandable.

After this, it was started to use IMAO in different debates and conversation. In the discussions of Usenet groups, the abbreviation was used 8 times. It was also used to accuse the opponent of being homophobic. Its meaning is clear from its origin, i.e., IMAO is considered being a forceful and impulsive statement with heavy irony. By the year 1993, the abbreviation got viral and started to use on the internet in hot discussion on various platforms such as SMS, messengers, e-mails, etc. In the 1990s and 2000s, IMAO became milder in tone but its popularity and use never slow down like its counterpart, IMHO.


Some examples of IMAO in day to day conversation are given under:

Example 1:

Gorge: Which coat should I wear, black or blue?

Henrik: IMAO, wear whichever you like. Just do fast! We are late already.

Example 2:

Anne: Olivia is so much selfish. She has been forgotten us.

Amelia: IMAO, I disagree. She’ll be busy with some work.


With the huge popularity of IMAO, people started to use it with other meanings also. These are:

  • I Missed An Opportunity
  • I Must Ask Obama
  • In My Awesome Opinion
  • I’ll Make An Opinion
  • I Am Also One
  • In My Amazing Opinion


There are some other abbreviations also that can be used to describe the meaning of IMAO.

  • IMMAO: In my most arrogant opinion
  • IMNSHO: In my not so humble opinion

Today, the use of IMAO has been so much popular. There are a number of ways in which internet lovers are using different acronyms as per their suitability in this modern era. They include:

  • IMBO: In my biased opinion
  • IMCO: In my considered opinion
  • IMO: In my opinion
  • IMVHO: In my very humble opinion
  • IMOBO: In my own biased opinion


Here is the list of some other popular acronyms that can also be used for informal conversation or day to day talks:

  • DM: Direct Message
  • AMA: Ask Me Anything
  • RT: Retweet
  • AKA: Also Known As
  • IDC: I Don’t Care
  • HTH: Hope This Helps
  • WFH: Work From Home
  • OMG: Oh My God
  • OTOH: On The Other Hand
  • TC: Take Care
  • TNTL: Trying Not To Laugh
  • ZZZ: Sleeping, Bored, Tired
  • TIME: Tears In My Eyes
  • CSL: Can’t Stop Laughing
  • IDK: I Don’t Know