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Re: foo

by seeker (Curate)
on Feb 02, 2001 at 23:48 UTC ( [id://56077] : note . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to foo

It may well be that Foo is a word that has more than one ancestor. When used in conjunction with bar, it is most likely derived from FUBAR, Fouled (or some other F word) Up Beyond All Recognition.

A good source of information on this is David Levy's book, The Hackers.

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FUBAR - ! Language Warning !
by Elgon (Curate) on Feb 03, 2001 at 04:01 UTC
    I believe FUBAR as used in the US military actually refers to 'Fucked up Beyond All Repair' - courtesy of an ex-US Navy friend of mine - although seeker's version may be used in different sections of the military or even Atlantic vs. Pacific fleet (The most notable source of this variant being the appalling film 'Tango and Cash', starring Kurt Russel and Sylvester Stallone).

    There is a graded system of descriptors - SNAFU (Situation normal - All fucked up) and FUBAR being two of them.

    Elgon