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Is it ok to use the word snafu?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Hoos3725, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Hoos3725

    Hoos3725 Member

    I'm surprised how much I've seen it in regards to the ticket problem at the Super Bowl. Everyone knows what the word means, right? And if so, how can that be appropriate? I was always told not to use that word anywhere.
  2. Deskgrunt50

    Deskgrunt50 Well-Known Member

    I have always removed snafu whenever I've seen it in copy.
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I always replace it with ROFLMFAO and STFU.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    During a copy editing internship it was on a list of words to never allow in copy. Although, to be fair, I think 90 percent of them could get in without anyone blinking these days.

    I don't think the real meaning of snafu is anywhere close to being common knowledge.
  5. We have used it stories and headlines. It is part of the lexicon and indicates a malfunction or things are screwed up.
    The caveat: Everytime we use it ... we get at least one phone call from a old person, typically a old woman or a former (older) military man complaining about the use.
  6. Hoos3725

    Hoos3725 Member

    Both of my parents were in the military, so I knew most of those acronyms by the time I was 11.
  7. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    FUBAR is probably a better acronym to use for the Super Bowl ticket fiasco. SNAFU implies that it is a repeated procedure that never goes as planned.
  8. SeanKennedy

    SeanKennedy Member

    I don't think it's a big deal. What it once was, it no longer is to the general population.

    The Philadelphia Daily News used "WTF" in a headline a few days ago. (Yeah, I know.)
  9. My shops, past and present, wouldn't allow snafu, despite the G-rated alternative "fouled" we would insist was the meaning.

    But as far as WTF goes, I would not allow it past me. In headlines or copy. No gray area at all. And if the story is about texting shorthand, I'd find some other examples.
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I've seen WTF in places where it would surprise you a lot more than the Philly Daily News. I remember someone saying it stood for something different than what we all know it to mean.
  11. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    I think snafu is fine.

    I struggle with the word "champing," because most people think you've made a mistake. But technically, it's not "chomping at the bit."

    I wouldn't, however, use snatch in a girls basketball story, or the term "stop the bleeding," as in:

    "Lizzy Smith tried to snatch the ball away to stop the bleeding..."

    "spanked" is fine, though. :D
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I think snafu can be used. It's has outgrown being an acronym.

    Personally, I would only use it in a quote, though.
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