FUBAR

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

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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 'Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition.'" This being said it is not coined as a military term. It is often used today in pop culture.

A milder alternative is "Fouled up Beyond All Recognition."

In computing and technology

In media and popular culture

Film and television

  • 1944, in the U.S. Army animated short The Three Brothers (directed by Friz Freleng),[3] a character named Fubar is a brother of Private Snafu (Situation Normal, All Fucked Up)[4] and Tarfu (Things Are Really Fucked Up or Totally and Royally Fucked Up).
  • 1989, Kurt Russell's character, Gabriel Cash, also uses the phrase several times in the film Tango & Cash
  • 1998, in the 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.

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