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HuninMunin
03-30-2004, 07:47 AM
I heard / read it several times now and I still
don`t get it. What does it mean?
Is it supposed to be german?
I don`t have an idea. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

HuninMunin
03-30-2004, 07:47 AM
I heard / read it several times now and I still
don`t get it. What does it mean?
Is it supposed to be german?
I don`t have an idea. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Tully__
03-30-2004, 07:51 AM
It's a mis-spelling of an armed forces slang acronym, FUBAR. It means "fouled" up beyond all recognition.

Another on similar lines is SNAFU, meaning situation normal, all "fouled" up.

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michapma
03-30-2004, 07:52 AM
I'll spoil the fun:

FUBAR is WWII slang and means f*'ed up beyond all recognition.

Foo and foobar are modern terms associated with computer science, with totally different meanings.

This is a good online resource, even for lots of jargon:
http://www.bennetyee.org/http_webster.pl?

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missiveus
03-30-2004, 07:53 AM
....Or F****d Up Beyond All Repair.

HuninMunin
03-30-2004, 08:06 AM
Thanks.
I was wondering `cause I´ve seen Private Ryan
this weekend and one of the guys said that
he didn`t find it in his german-dictionary.
So I thought it was a german expression for something.

Tully__
03-30-2004, 08:15 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by HuninMunin:
Thanks.
I was wondering `cause I´ve seen Private Ryan
this weekend and one of the guys said that
he didn`t find it in his german-dictionary.
So I thought it was a german expression for something.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You weren't paying attention later in the film, they took pity on the guy and explained it.. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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KIMURA
03-30-2004, 08:25 AM
maybe it's a WWII GI misspelling of the German word "Furchtbar" --&gt; awful. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Art-J
03-30-2004, 08:31 AM
On the other hand, "Foobar 2000" is a nice tool for MP3 and other music files playback http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Especially convenient for techno sets with cue files... At first I thought, looking at the thread title, You were thinking just about that http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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HuninMunin
03-30-2004, 08:36 AM
No, they didn`t explained it http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif .
In the german-doubed version http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif .

HuninMunin
03-30-2004, 08:39 AM
@Kimura
Warum sollte ein deutsches Adjektiv
einen so enormen Bekanntheitsgrad erlangen?
Es k¶nnte sein, aber warum?

CaptainGelo
03-30-2004, 08:40 AM
wasn't it "FUBAR" =?

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michapma
03-30-2004, 08:49 AM
@HuninMunin

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HuninMunin
03-30-2004, 09:01 AM
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Polemik-&gt; ON
Echt jetzt?
Ach deswegen das lachende smiley!
Polemik-&gt; OFF

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SeaFireLIV
03-30-2004, 09:07 AM
The trick, guys, is to let `em ponder it until they work it out. Then you know you`ve got a Man, not a boy... (or you tell `em when they`ve `qualified` to know...)

AdmiralWarlord
03-30-2004, 09:12 AM
As mentioned before me - it is based on Furchtbar - Horrible, aweful. As the german prisoners would get caught by the GIs they would naturally say that reguarding the situation they were in, and then the Americans, being well-cultured and educated reguarding foreign languages, have made up FUBAR - which generally means the same thing - "Well that is fubar" - or that is bad, horrible, not good.

Yes it is in SPR, and the guy, I think, figures out in the end where fubar comes from.

By the way

SNAFU = Situation Normal - All Fu--ed up.
JANFU = Joint Army-Navy Fu-- up.

KIMURA
03-30-2004, 11:50 AM
No I was serious about the foobar origin. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/784.gif Maybe some GI's left the "ch" away because the English language doesn't know the German "ch", so they left it away. From that there a very little step toward "foobar". English spelling for "furchtbar" is "foochtbar".http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif (just a thought)

Kandiru
03-30-2004, 12:54 PM
looks like the Jerries (jerry pot = chamber pot just like their WW2 helmet) have cannibalized the thread noch ein mal http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)))

SgtWalt65
03-30-2004, 01:31 PM
Well if FUBAR is German, then what german word is used for SNAFU and TARFUN? They all came out around the same time.

FUBAR:
F = Fu***d
U = Up
B = Beyond
A = All
R = Recognition

SNAFU:
S = Situation
N = Normal
A = All
F = Fu***d
U = Up

TARFUN:
T = Things
A = Are
R = Really
F = Fu***d
U = Up
N = Now

SNAFU and FUBAR are still widely used in the US Military ( TARFUN to a lesser degree )
and in the Civial Aviation community here in the USA. In fact one of our removal / repairable tags has a box on it for a check mark and the box is labeled SNAFU...lol

On a side note, these terms did not start getting wide spread use until midway through the Vietnam War in the 60's.

J_Flyer
03-30-2004, 01:55 PM
Im in the cadets and we use FUBAR a lot. And:
FUCT- failed under continuous testing
FFF- F**king Fings F**ked
SNAFU- you all know this
FUBAR- and this
oh the nice little words that arent so nice http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

The propellor is just a big fan to keep the pilot cool.. when it stops you can see
the pilot start sweating!

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LW_lcarp
03-30-2004, 02:42 PM
Dont for get DILLIGAF or Does It Look Like I Give A F*CK

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Taylortony
03-30-2004, 05:01 PM
Well as an Aircraft engineer i can honestly say i have worked to the following practice that always has always held me in good sted and given me great satisfaction in the past, http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

"If you can't fix it F*ck it, so no other F*cker can fix it" http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

On a lighter note a Girl i knew had a 6 year old daughter that was plane mad so here mum asked me can i do anything to help...... well i said sure bring her in and i'll give you both the guided tour, so i did and she looked at all the planes wide eyed and gobsmacked, I got her a sit in a Spit a look round some Airliners including some airbus.... 737.....Fokker 100..... Beechjet etc the usual stuff and off they went daughter in tow happy as a kid at an airport...... well i digress, I saw her mum about a week later and asked did she enjoy it and her mum said she had brought a letter home from school about swearing, she had been telling her friends all about it and a teacher overhearing the conversation asked her what she saw............... the little girls said amongst others she saw a fokker, the teacher heard it as F*cker and wrote to her mum who sent a letter back saying she did see a fokker and so did her mum lol.........

tttiger
03-30-2004, 06:44 PM
I agree with Sgt Walt.

SNAFU, I believe, is a WWII term but FUBAR is definitely a Vietnam-era creation. We used it to mean "Beyond All Repair" rather than "Recognition" and FUBAR was often used to describe that whole, um, conflict.

For those of you who never were in the military and enjoy the English language, you have missed some of the most colorful phrases ever devised.

For example, you never "get out of a truck." You "unass the vehicle." When something you didn't understand suddenly makes sense, you are having a "BFO." (Blinding Flash of the Obvious).

It's almost worth going to your local recruiting office and signing up http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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II_JG1Klaiber
03-30-2004, 08:04 PM
How about FUGAZI?

F***ed Up, Got Ambushed, Zipped In

I've also heard that Fugazi is Italian slang for "fake". But I'm not sure about that one.

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