The police arrest an innocent man due to a snafu in procedure by improperly following up with an anonymous tip.
An example of a snafu is a male stripper dressed as a policeman showing up to a party that was being broken up by the police.
Origin of snafuorigin, originally mil. slang for s(ituation) n(ormal), a(ll) f(ucked) u(p)
transitive verb-·fued′, -·fu′ing
transitive verbsna·fued, sna·fu·ing, sna·fus
Origin of snafus(ituation) n(ormal) a(ll) f(ucked) u(p)
- Alternative capitalization of SNAFU
- Alternative form of SNAFU.
- (military, slang, euphemistic) Acronym of status nominal all fucked up. or Acronym of situation normal all fucked up. (fouled up)
The term was born during WWII as an acronym of the initials of the words situation normal, all fucked up, which summed up the chaos and confusion of the war from an individual soldier's point of view.
snafu - Computer Definition
Referring to a normal situation gone awry, the term is generally attributed to U.S. military slang circa WWII. In contemporary usage, the spelled-out phrase is a bit more colorful and much less polite. See also FUBAR.