Posted by: cosmicgarden | May 31, 2012

Accounting SNAFU

 

I was sorry to have missed the last city council meeting but we laughed when we read the paper. I have a fairly-often recurring complaint about the way accounting problems are reported and there was a mention of something with a particular board/committee that had been discovered by the City Treasurer and accountant.  My usual beef is with the casual terms used, in technical accounting terms an “error” is what we call a mistake. An “irregularity” is when it was done on purpose!  But as reported in the paper (not sure if it was a true quote) there was an accounting “SNAFU” – both our military family-members had many times discussed the origin of THAT term—whoops!image

snafu Look up snafu at Dictionary.com
1941, U.S. military slang, acronym for …..  (click the link if you don’t already know!)" <bleeeep> ….conveying the common soldier’s laconic acceptance of the disorder of war and the ineptitude of his superiors" ["Oxford English Dictionary," which seldom fails to delight].

sheesh!

I agree that definition is delightful in its understated way Smile ha ha, “laconic acceptance of the disorder of war.”

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