Read The F*@#ing Maunual

Generally used on men who believe that they do not need to undertake any kind of instruction, that the act of being male itself, means they have the ablity to build/construct/erect anything without looking first, or even at all at the user manual, because men (believe) that these abilities are in their genes, and DO NOT require any help whatsoever from any kind instruction pamphlet! (Aww, bless them, they just never learn!)
"Sweetheart, really, you've been trying to put to put those shelves up for two weeks now...RTFM! Please! Before you bring the whole house down!"
by MeJuliee!! January 18, 2010
Proponents of such acronyms encouraging new users to look the information up themselves are often discouraging questions that could easily be answered using the FAQs, Wiki or Google.

RTFM frequents questions that common sense should have precluded asking.

Some may choose to reply in this fashion rather than leaving the newbie without a response so as to clarify what types of questions are considered inappropriate, unintelligent or inconsiderate of others' time.

originally: "read the field manual" used by WWII soldiers when asked basic questions by new enlistees.

rtfm quickly spread to engineering, computer & technical fields, and has gained popularity with internet usage.

its applicability has increased dramatically with the advent of wiki, where the answer is already at everyone's fingertips.
then:

rookie: how am i supposed to clean this m1?
veteran: read the field manual.

now:

noob: how do i install linux?
1337: rtfm @ linux.org/docs/beginner/install.html

polite usage that will increase likelihood of a helpful response:

newbie: how do i...? i have already rtfm.
by kajiem January 03, 2010
Read the fucking manual

Kid 1 "How do you side jump like that."
Me "RTFM."
Kid 1 "Whats RTFM?"
Me "Read The Fucking Manual, what are you dumb?"
Kid 1 "Sorry if I don't use internet slang in everyday life."
Rest of class "LOL"
by Drunkbum222 December 04, 2006
"Rolling on the floor masturbating."
"C'mon Dan, RTFM!"
"Do you even know what that means?"
"Yeah, Rolling on the Floor masturbating!"
by RoyalEnfield2255 March 18, 2010
Read The Fucking Manual!
- How can I turn on the TV?
- RTFM, dumbass!
by 7h3235 July 10, 2008
Read The F***ing Manual. Said to anyone asking a particularly dumb question regarding any appliance
"What does this switch on the side do?"
"RTFM"
by Chris Goddard June 02, 2008
read the fucking manual
"I can't make the shelf."
"rtfm"
by thedemonbean September 28, 2013
stands for Read The Fucking Manual
I can't put this goddamn shelf together!
Dude RTFM
by SYS-35 January 08, 2009

Free Daily Email

Type your email address below to get our free Urban Word of the Day every morning!

Emails are sent from daily@urbandictionary.com. We'll never spam you.

×