One writer’s scary snafu

Isn’t it scary that someone writing for Yahoo! Shine thinks that snafu still needs all those capital letters?

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Snafu started out as an acronym for “situation normal, all fu**ed up.” But now it’s just a common noun.


A real capital snafu

There was a time when snafu was an acronym meaning “situation normal all f**ked up.” That time is long past. It’s now a common noun, without any capital letters. Except on Yahoo! Shine, where snafus (and SNAFUs) are all too common:

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About that snafu

If you’re tapping out snafu, lay off the Caps Lock key or you’ll make the same snafu that the writer for Yahoo! Shine did:

At one time, snafu was an acronym derived from “situation normal all f*cked up.” It’s not an acronym anymore and doesn’t deserve all those capital letters. It’s similar to scuba, which also started out as an acronym (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) but is now a common noun.

About that capitalization snafu

Ooops. It’s a snafu in this headline from Yahoo! News‘ “The Cutline”:

It was once an acronym, but snafu is now a common noun.

A weird snafu

 It doesn’t get much worse than this capitalization snafu on Yahoo! Shine:


It was once an acronym, but now snafu is a common noun.

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