foobar

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Phonetic spelling of “FUBAR”, which is either an acronym for “Fucked up beyond all recognition”, or derived from foo.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfuːˌbɑː(ɹ)/

Noun[edit]

foobar (uncountable)

  1. (slang) A serious mistake.
  2. (computing) A metasyntactic variable name, a place holder for words; compare foo, bar.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ foo”, The Jargon File