Brad Feld

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Jun 06, 2006

Fortune had a really good article on how MySQL is building a commercial open source company.  However, buried in the article is a typo that I expect was introduced by Fortune’s editors.

It’s not as if MySQL workers get some perverse kick out of catching colleagues goofing off, though. They know how common it is for e-mail or voice messages to be misconstrued, so they watch what they say. Fire off a dumb question to one of MySQL’s mailing lists, and you are likely get back the terse rebuke “RTFM” – read the freakin’ manual.

Dear Fortune Editors: RTFM means “Read The Fucking Manual.”  Even Wikipedia says it, so it must be true, although they seem to assert that “Read The Freakin’ Manual” in an acceptable substitute to avoid using the expletive “Fucking.”  But seriously guys, everyone knows that Freakin’ = Fucking in this case – why mess with one of all the all time great initialisms of the programming universe?