To use any social media platform, you need to be conversant with slang and abbreviations that help you text faster and keep you in trend with the younger generation. Many of these slangs and acronyms are coined from phrases or words you already know. An example includes “idk”, meaning “I don’t know”.
But what does “mia” stand for?
When “mia” is used in a text on Facebook, it’s most likely not a woman’s name but the acronym for the commonly-used phrase, “missing in action”. However, contrary to the original meaning and use of the phrase, the younger generation now uses it humorously to mean the same thing as someone absent from something.
You’ll mostly come across this slang on Facebook, several other social platforms, and gaming forums. This article will go over the meaning of the slang and its origin, popularity, use on social media, and other possible meanings of the abbreviation.
Where And How Did “MIA” Originate?
“MIA” is the acronym for the phrase “missing in action”, and it was used originally by people in the military. “Missing In Action” was the term used to describe members of the military who did not return from military service and had their whereabouts unknown. The acronym of the phrase was assigned to soldiers, combat medics, and prisoners of war who went missing during the war.
The phrase became increasingly popular with the release of the American movie “Missing In Action” directed by Joseph Zito, and Chuck Norris as the movie star. It was a war movie about a colonel who escaped a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp to find missing American soldiers listed during the war. It was a successful movie that greatly influenced the use of the phrase and acronym among everyday people.
The Use Of “MIA” On Social Platforms Like Facebook
With the increased popularity of the phrase and acronym over the decades, it’s no surprise it found its way onto social platforms like Facebook. The abbreviation is primarily used in gaming forums that discuss and collaborate in multi-player FPS video games. “Mia” on these platforms is used to describe someone who suddenly isn’t present for action or someone who is at a loss for words or can’t make a decision.
These instances are illustrated in the conversations below.
- Mary: Hey guys! It’s meeting time!
- Randy: Hi, Mary! I’m looking forward to hearing your opinions on the topic we broached earlier. I hope everybody’s here and ready?
- Mary: We’re psyched to be here too. By my count, everybody is here except Stephen.
- Randy: Stephen? He wasn’t here last week too.
- Mary: I guess he’s MIA again.
Stephen is tagged “mia” in that conversation because he’s absent for a meeting where his opinion is needed.
- Jade: It’s your turn to play, Will.
- Will: I can’t seem to come up with anything to play, Jade.
- Jade: Oh well! Attention, every gamer! Will is mia for this round.
In the above conversation, we can see that Will is incapable of making a decision and is tagged “mia.”
Other Possible Meanings For “MIA”
“MIA” could also have other meanings than “Missing In Action”. It’ll depend highly on the crowd or person you’re conversing with to pinpoint the acronym’s meaning. Asides from “missing in action”, you can have the meanings of “mia” to include “made in America”, “misfits in action”, and “mia” (a song title), among others.
“MIA” for made in America will be more common than the others as it’ll be a used term among American citizens who take pride in their products.
- Billy: Wow, Joe! That’s a cool fishing rod. Where can I get one?
- Joe: My brother-in-law makes and sells them.
- Billy: An excellent product mia. I’m totally getting one!
Using “mia” as misfits in action will be more popular with cops to describe a group of people causing trouble in society. “Mia” can also be referred to as the title of the famous song by Bad Bunny and Drake, and unlike the others, it’s not an acronym, but the female name, Mia.
With this guide, you now know the possible meanings of “mia” on Facebook and across other social platforms. Remember only to use these slangs when due and not in highly professional settings.