What Does RTFD Mean in a Text?

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RTFD means "Read the F**king Description." The abbreviation RTFD is an irritated response to someone asking a question when they shouldn't because the answer to their question is apparent from documentation already supplied. For example:
  • Mark: Will we be staying in a twin room and will there be aircon and parking?
  • Simon: RTFD!

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When I write RTFD, I mean this:

meaning of RTFD

The image shows people reading the description of the task.

Summary of Key Points

"Read the F**king Description" is the most common definition for RTFD on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Read the F**king Description
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of RTFD in Sentences

Here are examples of RTFD being used in conversations:
  • Anna: So what exactly do I have to do each day?
  • Karen: You've got the job contract so just RTFD.
  • Saul: I have some questions for the boss about the meeting.
  • Ron: You'd better RTFD before you ask them.

An Academic Look at RTFD

RTFD is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Arr Tee Eff Dee), but as this is harder to say than "Read the f***ing description," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation RTFD is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

RTFD is used as an imperative (i.e., an order) and can stand alone as a complete sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "do your research" or "look at the description" instead of RTFD.

Example of RTFD Used in a Text

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