Acronym: n. Derived from the phrase “The Fear Of Missing Out” in reference to the social anxiety or angst felt when one is missing out on a potentially fun or exciting event.

Etymology: FOMO is an acronym from “fear of missing out” which arose in the early 21st century. There is no one source or event that can be linked to the origin of this word, but its popularity is often attributed to rise of social media.

Sociolectal information: FOMO (or more casually written as “fomo”) is a common term used by students at the College of William and Mary that was created in the early 2000s.  The term is most frequently used in social settings or interactions between students.

Survival Predictions: Due to its simplicity and usefulness, “FOMO” will most likely continue to thrive.  The self explanatory nature of “FOMO” makes it likely to integrate itself into the colloquial language of the general public, as well as remain relevant in the lives of students and millennials.

Lexopinions: This word is common knowledge among the majority of the population at William and Mary. I think it’s a useful term that is easy to implement in everyday language, and lends itself to be used in serious or sarcastic contexts.

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