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What Is 'YMMV'? What Does YMMV Mean?


What Is 'YMMV'? What Does YMMV Mean?
Question: What Is 'YMMV'? What Does YMMV Mean?
Answer: "YMMV" is "your mileage may vary". It is used as a disclaimer that "this claim for results will be different for every person". It is commonly used when answering technical-type questions in online conversations. You will see this acronym both in uppercase YMMV and lowercase ymmv form, both meaning the same thing.
Examples of YMMV usage:

  • YMMV, but 93 octane fuel gets me around 21 miles to the gallon.
  • That 25 lb. bag of dog kibble should feed your two large dogs for a month (ymmv).
  • While YMMV, you can expect a terabyte hard drive to last 18 months.
  • If you get cable modem, you should get around 15 megabits-per-second speed. Of course, YMMV.

The YMMV expression, like many cultural curiousities of the Internet, is a part of modern English communication.

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