What Does RTFT Mean in a Text?

RTFT means "Read the F**king Thread" or "Read the F**king Topic."

Read the F**king Thread

The abbreviation RTFT is commonly used with the meaning "Read the F**king Thread" in response to posts on social media or in online forums that ask questions that have previously been answered in the thread (i.e., in the previous responses to the original post).

Read the F**king Topic

RTFT is also commonly used with the meaning "Read the F**king Topic." In this context it is used in response to comments or questions in a thread that stray too far from the subject of the original post.

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When I write RTFT, I mean this:

meaning of RTFT

Failing to read the thread or topic before posting can be quite annoying.

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for RTFT

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

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for RTFT

RTFT also means "Read the F**king Topic:
Definition:Read the F**king Topic
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of RTFT in Sentences

Here are examples of RTFT being used in conversations:
  • Gamer 1: Anyone got any strategies for level 2?
  • Gamer 2: RTFT man. Blue_genie shared that just 15 minutes ago.
  • (Here, RTFT means "Read The F**king Thread.")
  • Forum User 1: Does anyone know how to get from Brussels to Amsterdam by train?
  • Forum User 2: RTFT! This thread is about hostels in Brussels.
  • (Here, RTFT means "Read The F**king Topic.")

An Academic Look at RTFT

RTFT is typically used as an imperative (i.e., an order).

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Arr Tee Eff Tee"), RTFT is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we didn't have online forums or Facebook posts, so had no need for the definition RTFT.

Example of RTFT Used in a Text

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