One of a progression of military situational indicators:
1. SNAFU - Situation Normal, All Fucked Up - Thing are running normally.
2. TARFUN - Things Are Really Fucked Up Now - Houston, we have a problem.
3. FUBAR - Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition - Burn it to the ground and start over from scratch; it's totally destroyed.
This day started out SNAFU, but then my machine went all TARFUN. The place was totally FUBAR after that.
Situation Normal All Fucked Up - phrase used to describe a less than desirable scenario when similar less than desirable scenarios seem to be the norm in the given environment. originated as a military phrase because soldiers report to superior officers using phrases like "situation normal"
guy1: Burger King messed up my order again today
Put in another bad situation
Military jargon meaning: S.ituation N.ormal A.ll F.ucked U.p
Colonel Potter used this term in an episode of M*A*S*H*, "Typical supply house SNAFU."
Situation Normal All Fucked Up
Acronym for "Situation Normal, All Fucked Up" (or, more politely, "Situation Normal, All Fouled Up"). Most often used as a noun, referring to an unfortunate and possibly urgent situation.
Originated among American G.I.s during World War II. See also FUBAR
It's going to take some quick thinking to get ourselves out of this SNAFU.
Murphy's Law for the Military; acronym for Situation Normal, All Fucked Up
We planned the the latest mission for three days, but as usual it was a real snafu when it finally happened.