too much information

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The expression was first shortened to "TMI" by former Wall Street Journal reporter Joseph Checkler circa 1988. It was not until the late 1990s however, that the term was popularized by online communities. See also TMI.

Interjection[edit]

too much information

  1. (informal) An expression indicating that someone has revealed information that is too personal and made the listener or reader uncomfortable.
  2. (informal) Common with Internet forums to introduce an expansion of a short answer with additional information that may be "more than you ever wanted to know". It is a hint that the following information can be ignored if the short answer was sufficient.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (excessively personal information): TMI

See also[edit]