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Saturday, May 11, 2013

snafu

\sna-FOO, SNAF-oo\ , noun;
1.
a badly confused or ridiculously muddled situation: A ballot snafu in the election led to a recount.
adjective:
1.
Rare. in disorder; out of control; chaotic: a snafu scheme that simply won't work.
verb:
1.
Rare. to throw into disorder; muddle: Losing his passport snafued the whole vacation.
Quotes:
There was no snafu in the five-year plan. There was a deliberate strategy of recycling very-low-grade nuclear waste in building materials.
-- Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections, 2001
He'd say it was a snafu, by no means the first, from what I hear. Anyway, no sense in making a fuss.
-- Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin, 2000
Origin:
Snafu is a neologism that originated as an acronym for "s(ituation) n(ormal): a(ll) f(ouled) u(p)." During World War II, soldiers used the phrase to describe the general disorder of war.
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