[Ads-l] RTFM

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Fri Nov 6 16:00:56 UTC 2015


There's a 1983 example in _The F-Word_ from a computer discussion group on Usenet.

Jesse Sheidlower

On Fri, Nov 06, 2015 at 10:46:07AM -0500, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Another website avers that this popular acronym for "Read The $*^^%!!
> Manual" was in use in the late '40s.
> 
> GB offers nothing before 1990, and I didn't encounter it till  maybe 2001.
> 
> Can anybody recall it from before 1990?
> 
> JL
> -- 
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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