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Question1. what does the "M.I.A."mean? Does it mean i was missing or i was not with you at that time when you need me ?

Question2. I was wondering if this "M.I.A" are often used a lot or not in American people's life?


This “ M.I.A” comes from The Vampire Diaries

And the whole passages are listed as following :



Bonnie: You up?

Elena: No. No. No.

Bonnie: Why haven't you called me back?

Elena: I'm sorry.

Bonnie: Are you gonna stay in there forever?

Elena: Yep.

Bonnie: Move over. I'm officially worried. What's going on?

Elena: I'm tired of thinking, of talking.

Bonnie: Can I get a one-line version So I can at least pretend be helpful?

Elena: Stefan and I broke up.

Bonnie: I'm so sorry. Are you ok? Right. Stupid question. I know I've been kind of M.I.A. When you need me the most. I suck.

Elena: You wanna make it up to me? Get my mind off of it.

Bonnie: Just remember you asked for it. Uh, be patient.


(Anyone's help is mostly appreciated ! By Godric)

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Base language: English
Category: Language

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    M.I.A. comes from military terminology. It stands for "Missing in Action," meaning that a soldier was lost during a battle or other military exercise, presumably either killed or captured.

    It is sometimes used in casual conversation, as in your example, to mean the person was not around when they were needed.

    It is not something I would say is used very frequently, but it is used often enough that most Americans would know what it means.

    M.I.A. is a military term. It is short for "Missing in action". (A similar terms is K.I.A. - Killed in Action). During the US involvement in the war in Vietnam, this and other military terms were used in the news enough that it became part of the American vernacular.

    Its use in everyday speech means only that one has been away or out of contact without further explanation. It is casual, slang. It is not a proper or formal expression.

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