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snafu

A situation or event that has become totally ruined or ridiculously confused or chaotic. Originally a military slang acronym for "situation normal, all fouled/fucked up." Sometimes still capitalized as an acronym. Primarily heard in US. I spent the whole weekend sorting out a huge snafu with our automated ticketing system. Apparently it sent out thousands of tickets to the wrong people all around the country. The federal government is suing the state government, which was already suing the federal government for trying to sue the state government. What a SNAFU!

snafu

(snæˈfu)
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.
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These ill-fated missions were cut short by technical snafus and operator errors.
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In past years gay rights backers might have held the White House accountable for such snafus. Perhaps as a sign of growing appreciation for the power of religious conservatives, more gays are now inclined to echo Socarides's circumspect tone.
But when the fateful eve comes and goes, it is apparent that preparations have largely been sufficient to ensure compliance, with only minor snafus occurring.
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Thus, although it would be foolish to read too much modern-day meaning into Conroy's skillful burlesque of Foreign Service life, it would be just as foolish to ignore the persistence of the mindset behind the snafus and shenanigans that he so ably recounts.
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