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March 10, 2011

Snafu

Sever snafu, pic: http://obamapacman.com

Snafu is an acronym, spelled out it means: situation normal, all fucked-up.  This expression implies that a normal situation is not in a good state but that that is pretty much the normal state of affairs.

The term is believed to have originated in the US Army during World War II.  It was picked up by the mainstream media in contexts like this: “Last week U.S. citizens knew that gasoline rationing and rubber requisitioning were snafu.” (Time magazine, June 16, 1942).

Since then the word has undergone a bit of a shift in menaing, it is now often used to mean mistake or confusion.

Here are a couple of examples:

“A server snafu caused the breakdown of the Intranet and disrupted internal communicatiuons for hours.”

A news headline using the word snafu is here.

Snafu is fairly widely used as an acronym, I suspect, though, that many people do not know what it stands for (I certainly didn’t until 10 minutes ago …)

March 10, 2011

Moonlighting

Bouncer at a bar. Maybe he is moonlighting, pic: wellarentyouclever.com

Moonlight, obviously, is the sunlight reflected off the moon onto earth.  But what is moonlighting?

If you moonlight you work a second job in addition to your full time one, and since your full time, primary job likely takes up most of your day time hours your second job will be during the night hours, when there is moon light.  Hence you are moonlighting.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 7 to 8 million Americans — about 5+ percent of all workers — work multiple jobs and therefore moonlight.

An example sentence would be: “He works as a construction worker during the day and moonlights as a bouncer at the Fancy Bar”  It is not necessary to add “at night” here because it is self evident that his second job as a bouncer is at night, not just because that’s when bars are open and need bouncers but also since moonlighting implies that.