What Does BMS Mean in Slang Text and Social Media

The internet is so full of its own acronyms at this point, that it is almost impossible to keep track of what anything means anymore. While some acronyms mean a certain thing on one app, they may mean a whole other thing on another social media app. Acronyms aside, even emojis have varied meanings based on where they are used! In this article, we will cover what BMS means and how you can use it.

What is BMS?

BMS is an acronym that stands for ‘Broke My Scale’. Now we know what you are thinking, but no this is not an indication of how fat someone is. BMS is used in relation to a scale set by someone and usually implies beauty. The BMS acronym is used quite universally and is not limited to any specific social media app.

BMS is a cool and out-of-the-box response to a person asking for a rating. Instead of conforming to a typical 1 to 10 scale, BMS is used to express that the content simply cannot be rated since it is much higher than the maximum rating.

How is BMS used

BMS or ‘Broke My Scale’ is used in a very specific set of conditions. BMS is a positive acronym that is used to indicate a person’s beauty. The acronym can be used instead of the traditional ‘very pretty’, ‘gorgeous’, etc.

BMS is used to respond to a person asking you (or others) to rate them. Usually, they would say something along the lines of ‘Rate me on a scale of 1 to 10’. While they have clearly stated the scale of rating, you can use an out-of-the-box answer and reply with ‘BMS’. This indicates that the person is so good looking that they broke your scale of measuring beauty. It may sound corny, but it is better than the sea of ‘beautiful’ and ‘gorgeous’.

BMS can be used as a reply on any social media platform. Since it is an acronym its usage is generally limited to virtual interactions. But if you want to go ahead and try saying to a person, who are we to stop you!

Origin of BMS

It is difficult to pinpoint exactly where this acronym originated, but a number of users believe that it may have actually originated on Snapchat. It is quite well known that Snapchat was originally used for sexting. The app made famous by its disappearing photos seems to have been the first one to see the term BMS being used.

Users could post stories or even send snaps and ask others to rate them. Instead of conforming to the traditional scale, BMS may have been used as a response. Of course, there is no way to clarify this.

How to use BMS

As mentioned above, BMS is used almost exclusively on virtual interactions. Additionally, it is usually used on social media apps, however, that does not limit its scope. You can use the acronym in any app you like, based on where you are responding to the question. While there are no actual stickers or GIFS that embody the acronym, users have come up with innovative ways of expressing BMS.

On Snapchat

Snapchat is the land of disappearing photos so it is understandable why an acronym like BMS could have originated here. You can reply to a person’s story where they are asking people to rate them, by simply swiping up on the story.

Tap the stickers button and search for BMS. You should see related Snapchat Cameos that you can send to give it a personal touch.

On Instagram

Since Instagram does not have Cameos or related stickers, you are only left with a reply via text. You can directly reply to a person’s Instagram story by swiping up on it. The message will be sent as a DM to that person’s account.

Simply Swipe up and type out the acronym on a story asking for a rating.

On Facebook

Since Facebook leans more toward static posts, you can use the BMS acronym in the comment section. You can use the BMS acronym in a comment on a new post, or even a new Facebook profile picture. Basically wherever you see someone asking for you to rate how they look.

Is BMS offensive?

Well, not really. BMS can only be used in reference to when someone explicitly asks for others to rate how they look. If used out of context it is understandable that it may be construed as unwanted attention. However, the acronym is simply a positive way of complimenting someone. BMS can be used in text messaging too, if you were sent a photo and asked to rate it.

Since there is no negative connotation to the term, BMS is not offensive when used online. It is simply another way of saying ‘beautiful’, or ‘gorgeous’.

We hope this article helped. If you have any queries, feel free to reach out to us in the comments below. 


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