ENGLISH EXPRESSIONS

 

TMI

Definition:

"TMI."

=

"Too Much Information"

Application:

People usually use this expression to stop others

from sharing too many personal details, especially

when these details make others uncomfortable. 

Example:

Dan:        "Whew! Don't go in the bathroom.”

Helen:    "Why?"

Dan:        "I had some spicy food for lunch, so 

                     I just had diarrhea. It's all over the 

                     sides of the toilet bowel. So bad.”

Helen:    "TMI! What's wrong with you? You're such a pig!"

Notes:

1. "TMI" can also appear as "T.M.I." 

 

2. Literature Reference: Author Mehdi Tavana Okasi uses this expression in a December 18th, 2019 short story for Granta ("The Hypocrites") to describe the protagonist's frustrations with another character's conversational style: "But not four beats of silence before Mona is on again about how ever since joining the football team, Mahdi is now raising his hand in class, sitting in the cafeteria instead of hiding in the library at lunch, giving her – what Roya’s kids would call – TMI."   

 

3. Media Reference #1: Journalist Mary Kaye Schilling uses this expression in an April 10th, 2017 article for The New York Times ("The Fertile Mind of Sophie Calle") to describe the personal nature of an artist's work: "As with many artists, you either get her or you don’t. To detractors, her voyeurism and life-as-art approach are the definition of TMI — exploitative, invasive, silly if not simply crazy." (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/t-magazine/sophie-calle-artist-cat-pregnant.html

 

4. Media Reference #2: Journalist Lulu Garcia-Navarro uses this idiom in a July 21st, 2019 NPR piece ("The Great South Florida Faja Heist: Thieves Made Off With $2M Worth Of Shapewear") to share how she wore an undergarment: "Yeah, TMI, I, of course, growing up in Miami, wore them growing up. And so there you go. I am very familiar with this, which is why I was interested in this story.  " (https://www.npr.org/2019/07/21/743847261/the-great-south-florida-faja-heist-thieves-made-off-with-2m-worth-of-shapewear) (At 1 minute and 16 seconds into the broadcast.) 

 

5. Media Reference #3: Steve Carrel's character of "Michael Scott" uses this expression in season 6, episode 24 of the television series The Office ("The Cover-Up") to describe his sex life to his staff: "Because when your super hot girlfriend says, "I wanna go to Mount Pocono,' you go to Mount Pocono and you do her. And we screwed. Whoops! TMI!" (At 3 minutes and 38 seconds into the episode minutes and seconds into the episode. Originally aired May 6th, 2010.)

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