snafu adj : snarled or stalled in complete confusion; "situation normal--all fucked-up" [syn: fucked-up] n : an acronym often used by soldiers in World War II: situation normal all fucked up v : cause to be in a state of complete confusion
EtymologyThe term was born during the WWII as an acronym of the initials of the words "situation normal, all fucked up", which summed up the chaos and confusion of the war from an individual soldier's point of view.
PronunciationDisputed... pronunciation can be on either syllable and the first vowel is /æ/, not /ɑː/, according to dictionary.com. Regional differences may exist, so regionality labels are needed.
Nounsnafu (plural snafus)
Snafu may refer to:
- SNAFU, an acronym
- Snafu (band), an English rhythm and blues band of the 1970s.
- Snafu (album), a 1970 album by East Of Eden
- Snafu (game), a 1981 Intellivision video game title published by Mattel Electronics
- Snafu Comics, a webcomics site maintained by David Stanworth
- Private Snafu, the title character from American instructional cartoons produced during World War II
- "Snafu", a composition by Yusef Lateef from the 1961 album Eastern Sounds
Snafu may also be:
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