get the snafu

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Apr 30 22:46:18 UTC 2014


The sense seems a little off from the typical, e.g. OED C. n. "A
confusion [etc.]"  Would snipers cause "confusion"?


At 4/29/2014 06:28 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

>A new one on me. And note primitive spelling:
>1943 _Racine Journal-Times_ (Sept. 19) 4: "They probably got the snafoo
>from a German patrol," said the driver. "These hills are full of Germans.
>Particularly snipers."
>"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
>The American Dialect Society -

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