IMAO Meaning: What Does IMAO Mean? Useful Text Conversations

What does IMAO mean? It is an interesting phrase. The following lesson provides the definition and the usage of this online slang term with ESL infographic and useful texting conversations in English.

IMAO Meaning

What Does IMAO Mean?

“IMAO” means “in my arrogant opinion.” 

This is similar to the other phrases, “IMO – in my opinion,” “IMHO – in my humble opinion,” and “IMNSHO – in my not so humble opinion.” “IMO” and “IMHO” are used when someone expresses their opinion. “IMAO” is similar to “IMNHO” in that the user is claiming that their opinion is more correct or has more importance when compared with the opinion of others.

Some have noted that this internet slang term can sometimes be misunderstood in certain contexts because the capital “I” can be confused for a lower case “l.” So when someone says “IMAO,” other users might read it as “lmao” or “laughing my ass off.”

This phrase is more likely to be used on social media, in group messages, and for discussion forums.

Conversation Examples

Let’s take a look at how it’s used.

Example 1:

  • Forum user 1: The workplace has become too strict. People need to learn to relax.
  • Forum user 2: IMHO I agree!
  • Forum user 3: Well, IMAO I disagree. If it’s too tough for you, you should find another job.

Here we have a discussion about attitudes at work. User 1 states their opinion. User 2 agrees with it. User 3 shows the degree to which they disagree with user 1 and user 2 by using “IMAO” to show that he thinks he knows more about the topic than the other two users.

Example 2:

  • Social media post: IMAO Joey’s Sandwich shop has the greatest meatball sub in the world.

In this situation, we see a post from a social media user about a restaurant. The user includes IMAO at the beginning of the post to show that he is an authority on the subject and knows what the is talking about. While example 1 shows someone directly disagreeing with another person, in this post we see that the person who wrote the post is using IMAO to show how much he believes in his statement. It’s less confrontational than the other setting.

Other Meanings

  • International Monkey Assassination Organization
  • In My Armed Opinion
  • I’ll Make An Opinion
  • I Am Also One
  • I Missed An Opportunity
  • I Must Ask Obama
  • In My Awesome Opinion
  • In My Anal Opinion
  • In My Amazing Opinion
  • Ignore Many Accusatory Objections
  • In My Angry Opinion
  • Internet Masking Actual Operation

IMAO Meaning Infographic


Other Ways to Say IMAO

  • In my not so humble opinion
  • I dare say that …
  • I strongly believe that…
  • I bet that ….
  • I’m absolutely convinced that…
  • I have no doubt that…
  • I’m sure that…
  • There’s no doubt in my mind that…
  • My impression is that …
  • My own feeling on the subject is that …
  • It seems to me that …
  • To my mind, …
  • I don’t know about other people, but I can say…
  • My view / opinion / belief / impression / conviction is that …
  • Personally, I think…
  • Personally speaking…
  • The point is that…
  • What I mean is…
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