If you've seen people joking about their Oomfs and Oomfies online and been confused by what they mean, here's a little internet slang and history refresher to help you gel better with your Twitter or Tumblr-bred friends. A slang acronym that has seen usage as early as 2011, gathering "oomfies" on the internet is generally regarded as a positive community-building practice on most micro-blogging sites.
"OOMFs" or "One Of My Friends" is a noun-ified sentence that still sees widespread usage today, even if memes about "oomfs" online lean more ironic than sincere. Here's what people mean when they jokingly say, That's Oomf 😭😭😭.
What Does 'Oomf' and 'Oomfie' Mean?
The slang term "Oomf" stands for "One Of My Friends" or "One Of My Followers," and it is used to refer to one's internet friends and followers. The term first took off Twitter and Tumblr, two platforms that tended to encourage more anonymity than their counterparts at the time.
Unless the phrase is prefaced by a term like IRL most people tend to use "Oomf" solely to refer to their internet friends.
Where Does The Term 'Oomf' Or 'Oomfie' Come From?
The term "Oomf" first appeared online in the early 2010s, with Tumblr and Twitter users being the first to use the term generously. Rapper Young Thug even tweeted out "Which #OOMF has a #tumblr page?" back in October 2011.
Several people were fascinated by the sudden rise in usage of the word, with Tumblr blogger 1week1project posting a report about the then-trending nature of the term and some musings about why the word is what it is.
What's The Difference Between An 'Oomf' And An 'Oomfie'?
"Oomfie" is just a more affectionate way to refer to your internet friends, with some people using the term ironically but still passionately in the early 2020s.
What's Up With Memes That Read, 'That's Oomf 😭😭😭'?
"That's Oomf 😭😭😭" is a catchphrase that came to be used as a punchline for jokes on Twitter (X) in 2024. The jokes revolved around a large number of people surprisingly arriving for various occasions, with one imagining their "oomfs" showing up.
X user @memetazaa joked about marrying his "oomf" in January 2024, effectively kicking off the joke trend.
More people joked about encountering their "oomfs" in other settings, like the hospital or in their own fridge.