What does TARFU stand for?

Things are really f***ed up

TARFU is an acronym that comes from military slang. It’s like SNAFU, another military term, and it’s used to say that a situation is pretty bad or things aren’t going well. You’ll often see it in text messages or online chats when someone wants to say that something is going very wrong.

Imagine you’re managing a school musical and the students still don’t know their lines, even though the final practice is just two days away. In this case, you might say the situation is TARFU. It’s a quick and easy way to express that things are not going according to plan.

Let’s say you’re throwing a surprise party for your buddy, but he gets food poisoning and the food delivery cancels at the last minute. This is another instance where you might say the situation is TARFU. It tells others that things have taken a turn for the worse.

Example for using ‘TARFU’ in a conversation

Hey, did you finish the math homework?

No, it’s TARFU. I couldn’t understand any of the questions.