of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
A snafu (snah-foo) is like a small stone in your shoe. Or, your dog eating your homework. Or your mother burning dinner. What it means is a situation that should be working out has been taken hostage by something that is messing it up. The word is actually an acronym—a word made up by the initials of other words it stands for:
Situation Normal: All Fouled Up
So, when things should be running routinely, like walking, doing homework, or making dinner, and something happens to foul it up, the situation hits a snafu or turns into a snafu. Either would be correct.
This would be a great word to try out on your parents or your teacher when something goes afoul in your life. Simply say, "I'm sorry, but I ran into a snafu."
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."