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 RTFM /R-T-F-M/ [UNIX] imp. Acronym for “Read the fucking manual”. Used by gurus
 to brush off questions they consider trivial or annoying. Compare Don’t do that then! 
 2. Used when reporting a problem to indicate that you aren’t just asking out of randomness.
 “No, I can’t figure out how to interface UNIX with my toaster, and yes, I have RTFM.”
 Unlike sense 1, this use is considered polite. See also FM, RTFAQ, RTFB, RTFS, RTM,
 all of which mutated from RTFM, and compare UTSL.
 
                                                                   — The Jargon File.
                                                                   Eric S. Raymond, Ed.
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