What does RTFA stand for?

Read the flippin’ article

When someone tells you to RTFA, they are essentially asking you to “read the flippin’ article”. This slang term is commonly used in online forums and social media platforms and is a quick way to tell someone to read an article before making comments about it.

For instance, it’s quite common for people on Reddit, let’s call them User A, to comment on articles based solely on the headlines. This can lead to misinterpretation and the spread of incorrect information.

In such cases, another Reddit user, let’s call them User B, might ask User A to RTFA. This is User B’s way of telling User A that they need to read the whole article before making comments, to ensure their comments are based on the full information available.

Example for using ‘RTFA’ in a conversation

Hey, have you seen that new article about the latest tech gadgets?

No, I haven’t. What’s it about?

Well, it’s pretty interesting. But before I tell you, RTFA!

Haha, okay okay! I’ll read the flippin’ article first! πŸ˜„