RTFM

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English[edit]

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"RTFM" used on a demotivational poster

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RTFM

  1. (Internet slang) Initialism of read the fucking manual.
  2. (Internet slang, Unix) Initialism of read the fucking man page.

Usage notes[edit]

  • RTFM is used to express frustration at someone who asks questions to which the answers can be easily sought from another source, or in the saying "if at first you don't succeed, RTFM!".
  • Also bowdlerized as read the fine manual, read the full manual, read the friendly manual, or read the flamin' (or flaming, flipping, freaking, etc.) manual.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from English RTFM.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛʁ.te.ɛ.fɛm/
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Phrase[edit]

RTFM

  1. Initialism of regarde ton foutu manuel. (look at your fucking manual)