[sna-foo, snaf-oo]
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.
in disorder; out of control; chaotic: a snafu scheme that simply won't work.
verb (used with object), snafued, snafuing. Rare.
to throw into disorder; muddle: Losing his passport snafued the whole vacation. confuse, mess up, bungle.

1940–45; s(ituation) n(ormal): a(ll) f(ucked) u(p); sometimes euphemistically construed as f(ouled) u(p) Unabridged
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snafu (snæˈfuː)
1.  confusion or chaos regarded as the normal state
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

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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snafu definition

  1. n.
    an accident; a foul-up. (Acronym. From situation normal, all fouled (fucked) up. Also capitalized.) : What a snafu! All the power went off when you turned on the coffeepot.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. situation normal all fouled up

  2. situation normal all fucked up

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