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TABU is a British Army acronym which dates from around World War II. It stands for Typical Army Balls Up and is used in a similar way and in the same context as the American SNAFU. It describes the things that shouldn’t go wrong but invariably do do.

Over the course of time, however, the meaning changed, notably during the Korean War. During this conflict the Americans were in charge of logistics for all allied troops and were told to ensure that American troops were supplied before their allies. What was meant by this was that American troops should have ammunition and essentials before these were supplied to their allies. In fact what happened was that the STRAC REMFS whose duty this was decided it was more important to supply American troops with Coca Cola that the allies with ammunition. In this case TABU came to mean Typical American Balls Up.
“I see Trump got elected as President.”
“Yeah, TABU.”
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TABU is an British Army acronym and stands for Typical Army Balls Up and is used to describe the things that shouldn't go wrong but do. Is used in a similar context to the US Army SNAFU.
During the Korean War, American REMFs in charge of logistics and supply were told to supply American troops before their allies. What was meant of course was to ensure that American troops had ammunition and essentials before supplying these to their allies. This was misunderstood and as a result, American troops were being supplied with Coca Cola before British troops were getting ammunition.

When informed of the situation the Colonel of one British regiment supposedly grimaced and muttered TABU before ensuring that the situation was corrected. Though whether by TABU he meant the error in the supply priorities or the Americans being in charge of supply is open to conjecture.
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A gang deriving from New Bedford, MA. They have never lost ever. They have well over 2000 members and growing rapidly. Beware.
Blood 1: Wow, TaBu has never, ever lost.. Ever.

Blood 2: Yeah i know, i'm so scared of them (shits pants)
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