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Re: st: the meaning of 'foo'
On Aug 24, 2006, at 1:11 PM, Nick Winter wrote:
I'll note as well that it is often used with its companion, "bar."
My guess is they derived at some point from the acronym FUBAR.
At 12:57 PM 8/24/2006, Michael S. Hanson wrote:
Quoting this referenced source:
"When 'foo' is used in connection with 'bar' it has generally traced
to the WWII-era Army slang acronym FUBAR [snip], later modified to
foobar. Early versions of the Jargon File interpreted this change as
a post-war bowdlerization, but it it now seems more likely that FUBAR
was itself a derivative of 'foo' perhaps influenced by German
furchtbar (terrible) -- 'foobar' may actually have been the original
(That final "original" is in italics in the, um, original source.)
On Aug 24, 2006, at 1:23 PM, b. water wrote:
i did come across 'FUBAR' in 'Tango & Cash' but 'foo' on its own as
an acronym (or so i thought...) never.
From the same source:
"Several slang dictionaries aver that FOO probably came from Forward
Observation Officer, but this (like the contemporaneous "FUBAR") was
probably a backronym."
Note: I provide these only as reference; I cannot vouch for their
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