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
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].


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

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