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FUBAR is an acronym that commonly means "fucked up beyond all repair," "fucked up beyond all recognition," or any of a number of similar constructions. It originated in the United States armed forces, but its usage has spread to colloquial use.

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Etymology and history

The Oxford English Dictionary lists Yank, the Army Weekly magazine (1944, 7 Jan. p. 8) as its earliest citation: "The FUBAR Squadron...FUBAR? It means 'Fruited Up Beyond All Recognition.'"

In the 1944 U.S. Army animated short The Three Brothers (directed by Friz Freleng),[1] a character named Fubar is a brother of Private Snafu (Situation Normal, All Fucked Up)[2] and Tarfu (Things Are Really Fucked Up, or Totally and Royally Fucked Up).

In 1980 FUBAR also appears in an apparent example of geek humor, as the acronym for the Failed UniBus Address Register in the Digital Equipment Corporation VAX-11/780 Unibus adapter (DW780).[3]

The 1989 movie Tango and Cash re-popularised the phrase FUBAR. It was used by one of the lead characters (Kurt Russell's Gabriel Cash) on several occasions. It has been notably used in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning 1998 World War II movie Saving Private Ryan. The term also made an appearance in the popular Xbox 360 game "Gears of War 2" in 2008 in act 5 in the chapter Desperate Stand and was said by the character Colonel Hoffman, in the 2007 British movie 28 Weeks Later, heard on a USA military radio conversation and in episode 4 of the second season of the Showtime series 'Dexter' ('See-through') the boat of a black-ops soldier is also called 'S.S. FUBAR'.

In computer science the variable names FOO and BAR are frequently encountered. They may be traced to FUBAR.

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References

  1. ^ "The Three Brothers Friz Freleng (motion picture)". Library of Congress. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.200025794/default.html. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  2. ^ Pietro Shakarian. "Situation Normal All Fucked Up:A History of Private Snafu". goldenagecartoons.com. http://looney.goldenagecartoons.com/miscelooneyous/snafu/. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  3. ^ "VAX Hardware Handbook," page 373. Digital Equipment Corporation, 1980.

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FUBAR is an acronym that commonly means "fucked up beyond all/any repair/recognition".

Contents

Etymology and history

The Oxford English Dictionary lists Yank, the Army Weekly magazine (1944, 7 Jan. p. 8) as its earliest citation: "The FUBAR Squadron...FUBAR? It means "' Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition.'"

In the 1944 U.S. Army animated short The Three Brothers (directed by Friz Freleng),[1] a character named Fubar is a brother of Private Snafu (Situation Normal, All Fucked Up)[2] and Tarfu (Things Are Really Fucked Up, or Totally and Royally Fucked Up).

An unoffensive alternative is "Fouled up Beyond All Recognition."

In 1980 FUBAR also appears in an apparent example of geek humor, as the acronym for the Failed UniBus Address Register in the Digital Equipment Corporation VAX-11/780 Unibus adapter (DW780).[3] In the 1998 film Saving Private Ryan FUBAR is a term used many times by members of Captain John Millers's squad, to describe the mission given to them by high command. In computer science the variable names FOO and BAR are frequently encountered. They may be traced to FUBAR.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Three Brothers Friz Freleng (motion picture)". Library of Congress. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.200025794/default.html. Retrieved 2008-05-05. [dead link]
  2. ^ Pietro Shakarian. "Situation Normal All Fucked Up:A History of Private Snafu". goldenagecartoons.com. http://looney.goldenagecartoons.com/miscelooneyous/snafu/. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  3. ^ "VAX Hardware Handbook," page 373. Digital Equipment Corporation, 1980.
  4. ^ "RFC3092 - Etymology of "Foo"". 2001-04-01. http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc3092.html. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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FUBAR: The Movie is a 2002 mockumentary film, directed by Michael Dowse, based on the lives of two lifelong friends and head-bangers living out their lives in Western Canada.

Dean Murdoch

  • [handing Farrel a beer as he suffers from a hangover] This'll help ya out.
  • If I have five words left and I'm about to fuckin' expire and all I have left to say is to curse fuckin' Tron, I'm probably not going to say, "Tron funkin' blow."

A fable is history

her fuckin knee caps Farrel

Turn up the good turn down the suck

I think you better take up another sport, like knitting

Terry Cahill

  • And I rip that shit in half!
  • Two-liner!

the government takes their part

tron funkin blow (spray painted)


Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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English

Etymology

Originated as slang in the U.S. Army in World War II.

Pronunciation

Acronym

fubar or FUBAR

  1. (US, slang) Fucked up (or, bowdlerized, fouled up) beyond all recognition (or beyond all repair).
  2. (US, slang) Fucked up but all right (flawed but working nonetheless).

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