Fubar?! --Saving Private Ryan

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  1. Andymac84

    Andymac84 Sr Member

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    So...how would you explain the phrase? Is this a real used term back then?
    I always explained it to myself as fubar = the $4!+ they've put us into..
    Any other thoughts?:)
     
  2. andy19422

    andy19422 Well-Known Member

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    F**ked up beyond all recognition!
     
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  3. glunark

    glunark Sr Member

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    I heard it first in tango and cash, but its not like they invented it.

    It could certainly have existed in WWII.
     
  4. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    while watching private Ryan the other night I totally forgot to google what it meant, thanks!
     
  5. The Mad Professor

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    Alternate version is "F'd Up Beyond All Repair" usually attributed to a piece of hardware that has been irreparably damaged.
     
  6. Probe Droid

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    FUBAR is military slang from way back. And I believe the R is for Repair. SNAFU is another similar item.
     
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  7. The Mad Professor

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    Then there's BOHICA.

    Bend Over. Here It Comes Again.

    Used most often to express displeasure at the actions of incompetent superiors.
     
  8. Krel

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    Back before my Father died, there was an argument between Ken Burns and PBS over which one to use. I asked my Father, a WWII U.S. Marine, which one is correct. Fouled Up Beyond All Repair, or F**ked Up Beyond All Repair. He said, both, it depended upon the company you were taking to when you used it. :lol:

    There were a number of Private Snafu instructional cartoons made during WWII for the U.S. Military. Back in the 80s, Night Flight on USA used to show what they could of them occasionally. They were made for Military personal during war time to drive a lesson home, so the content could be a bit, shall we say, non Hays office code compliant.

    David.
     
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    Wasn´t there an explanation within the movie itself of how the G.I.´s came to use the word "FUBAR"?!

    IIRC they explained it by us Krauts saying "FURCHTBAR" which translates to "terrible/ dreadful/ horrible" and the US soldiers put this term into a slightly different, still similar context.

    Markus
     
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  11. Malphas

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    Upham asked what it meant when he first heard it and they just brushed him off. When they were setting up for the last battle at the bridge Upham puts it together. Didn't say where it came from. They did say it was German I think as a joke but he said he never heard of it before.
     
  12. halliwax

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    I've actually heard the term "SNAFU" before, but i never knew what it meant. i don't know if I'm having a serious brain fart or what but i can't figure it out
     
  13. The Mad Professor

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    Situation Normal... All F'd Up.
     
  14. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    LOL i would have never guessed!! thanks for the info! LOL
     
  15. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    I've read tons of WW2 books and never heard that, interesting.

    BTW, every time I've heard FUBAR is was F***** up beyond all recognition. I guess the R is interchangeable.
     
  16. dbuck

    dbuck Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    When I was in the military we used recognition. And we never used fouled. :)
    And snafu.
    And bohica.
    Charlie Foxtrot
    Immediately followed by FIDO
    FNG
    BFH

    Soooo many more I can't really think of. Except the finale:
    FTA
     
  17. SVTStingRay

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    JAFO is my favorite
     
  18. The Mad Professor

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    I gotta tell you, I always enjoyed the antics of the resident Blue Falcons... and by "enjoy" I mean "despise with every fiber of my being."
     
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  19. glunark

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    Blue Thunder fan?
     
  20. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    FUBIS was my favorite
     

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