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TMI

adjective; acronym
describing a situation in which a person reveals more details about a personal event than the others in the conversation would like to know leading them to feel uncomfortable or disgusted
 
It is an acronym for ‘too much information,’ which probably originated in internet instant messaging or in cell phone texting. Acronyms of these sorts often originate as phenomena of various forms of rapid text exchange possibly due to their conciseness and efficiency of space. Perhaps due to the widespread use of instant messaging and texting among the American youth, this acronym is being found with more frequency is spoken language.
Etymology : TMI is an acronym for 'too much information. ‘Too’ originated in Late Old English, as a stressed variant of the preposition ‘to.’ ‘Much’ comes from the Middle English ‘muchel,’ which came from the Old English ‘micel’ meaning ‘great in amount or extent.’ ‘Information’ comes from O.Fr. ‘informacion’, which originated from Latin ‘informationem’ meaning ‘concept, idea.’ The etymology of ‘information’ can be broken into the morphemes ‘informare,’ which is Latin verb ‘to inform’ (the ‘e’ in ‘informare’ has been dropped) and into the morpheme ‘tion’, which is a noun forming suffix.
Source : ‘Woah! TMI I really don’t need to know anymore about what went on between you two last night.’ (Conversation with a friend, September 2008)
Last modified: 5 December 2008


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