[Tutor] what is foo bar?

alan.gauld@bt.com alan.gauld@bt.com
Fri, 31 Mar 2000 12:06:46 +0100

> > Goes back to the early days of the Tech Model Railroad Club
> > at MIT (http://web.mit.edu/tmrc/www/).  "Foo" seems to have
> > come into use first, .....The acronym FUBAR made
> > "bar" a natural compliment.

> Fubar was in common use in the military (US anyway) during 
> WW2, so I doubt it originated at MIT.

TC didn't say FUBAR originated at MIT rather that the use 
of FOO as a generic variable name originated there. 
Somebody at MIT then made the association with the 
existing FUBAR to come up with BAR as a secondary name...

Thats the history of the terms I've seen in the past 
(all 3 terms!) - I wasn't there so its all 2nd hand 
news :-)

Alan G.