snafu

Snafu was originally a World War II-era military acronym standing for "situation normal: all fucked up." These days, a snafu is any mistake or problem.

The original, military meaning of snafu is obscene. However, since you don't actually say the f-word when saying snafu, just about no one is offended by this word these days. Back in the military, a snafu would have been a dangerous situation, but this word is used now for any kind of goof-up. Spilling soup or forgetting your tickets to a baseball game are snafus. Any error, glitch, or screwed-up situation can be called a snafu.

Definitions of snafu
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n an acronym often used by soldiers in World War II: situation normal all fucked up

Type of:
bloomer, blooper, blunder, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, pratfall
an embarrassing mistake

adj snarled or stalled in complete confusion

Synonyms:
disorganised, disorganized
lacking order or methodical arrangement or function

v cause to be in a state of complete confusion

Type of:
embrangle, snarl, snarl up
make more complicated or confused through entanglements

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