Snasu (Situation normal: all screwed up) (1941 Aug 18) (early snafu variant)

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 8 04:52:01 UTC 2009

Fred Shapiro wrote:
> Note that I found a July 27, 1941 citation for _snafu_ in the Kansas City Star,
> then someone else (I forget who!) found a July 15, 1941 citation in the San
> Francisco Chronicle.
> Fred Shapiro

The July 27, 1941 citation you found is grand and fun to read. Thanks.
I apologize for missing it in the ADS list archive when I checked.
There were quite a few hits for Snafu. However, the search term "snafu
antedating" does locate your posting.

I am still having trouble locating a mention of the July 15, 1941
citation in the ADS list archive. A search at Barry Popik's website
failed. Wikipedia has the OED cite. In any case, congratulations to
that discoverer.


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