What is an SLM?

Socially limiting maneuver

When you do something uncool, others may refer to that act as an SLM (socially limiting maneuver). You're most likely to encounter this acronym while chatting with your friends, about an awkward or embarrassing event (that you'd likely rather forget about).

In theory, SLMs limit your potential popularity and may cut you off from becoming friends with the kewl kids. In reality, people forget about most "SLMs" fairly quickly, if they even notice them at all.


Wearing those 80s clothes last week was definitely an SLM
Says you. Jessica texted me after school saying how cool I looked

TMW you've performed an SLM

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Updated October 16, 2023

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