What Does RTFQ Mean in a Text?

RTFQ means "Read the F**king Question" or "Read the Full Question."

Read the F**king Question

The abbreviation RTFQ is most popularly used with the meaning "Read the F**king Question." It is typically used when someone asks a stupid question during an exam or, in text-based messaging, when the answer to their question is already clear. RTFQ implies the questioner has either ignored or misunderstood basic information.

Read the Full Question

RTFQ is sometimes used with the meaning "Read the Full Question." This use of RTFQ has reportedly been noted on returned exam papers and is quite controversial. Teachers who use RTFQ in this way insist that their use is the correct one and those who consider it controversial are the ones who are misusing the phrase.

Abbreviations with a similar meaning to RTFQ include:

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When I write RTFQ, I mean this:

meaning of RTFQ

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Summary of Key Points

First Definition for RTFQ

RTFQ means "Read the F**king Question." This is the most common definition for RTFQ on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and X (Twitter).
Definition:Read the F**king Question
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for RTFQ

RTFQ also means "Read the Full Question":
Definition:Read the Full Question
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of RTFQ in Sentences

Here are examples of RTFQ being used in conversations:
  • Carla: Why are they asking us about the impact of the crash on the baking system?
  • Ian: RTFQ! it says banking system!
  • Raoul: Are you going to Jo's party at Rick's place tomorrow?
  • Jonah: What party? Where's it at?
  • Raoul: RTFQ dork!

An Academic Look at RTFQ

RTFQ is an initialism abbreviation that is usually pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Arr Tee Eff Kew).

RTFQ is used as an imperative phrase (i.e., an order).

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

The use of the abbreviation RTFQ to mean "Read the F**king Question" or "Read The Full Question" pre-dates the digital era.

Example of RTFQ Used in a Text

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