snafu

[sna-foo, snaf-oo]
noun
1.
a badly confused or ridiculously muddled situation: A ballot snafu in the election led to a recount. snarl, bedlam, tumult, disarray, disorder, confusion, mess; foul-up. order, efficiency, calm.
adjective Rare.
2.
in disorder; out of control; chaotic: a snafu scheme that simply won't work.
verb (used with object), snafued, snafuing. Rare.
3.
to throw into disorder; muddle: Losing his passport snafued the whole vacation. confuse, mess up, bungle.

Origin:
1940–45; s(ituation) n(ormal): a(ll) f(ucked) u(p); sometimes euphemistically construed as f(ouled) u(p)

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snafu (snæˈfuː)
 
n
1.  confusion or chaos regarded as the normal state
 
adj
2.  (postpositive) confused or muddled up, as usual
 
vb , -fus, -fuing, -fued
3.  (US), (Canadian) (tr) to throw into chaos
 
[C20: from s(ituation) n(ormal): a(ll) f(ucked or ouled) u(p)]

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Word Origin & History

snafu
1941, U.S. military slang, acronym for situation normal, all fucked up, "conveying the common soldier's laconic acceptance of the disorder of war and the ineptitude of his superiors." ["Oxford English Dictionary," which seldom fails to delight]
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
snafu
  1. situation normal all fouled up

  2. situation normal all fucked up

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Example sentences
Weak because he's brought down not by inner conflict but by an outer snafu.
The second snafu was more localized, but more severe for those affected.
Both audio and video transmitted perfectly without any sort of digital snafu.
My own flight snafu involved one cancelled leg out of a four-flight, round-trip itinerary.
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