Kevin Drum has a post on the IRS scandal, which doesn’t interest me all that much (this whole ‘scandal’ strikes me as everybody chasing the wrong bouncing ball). What does interest me is this sentence at the very end:
They are among the first in what is quickly becoming a whole new subgenre: the story about how the Cincinnati office of the IRS is completely and totally FUBARed.
Here’s my thing: Isn’t FUBAR already past-tense? Can something really be FUBARed, when the -ed suffix has already been used in the F part of the FUBAR acronym? Seems to me that FUBAR covers all bases, in terms of tense:
“That’s gonna be so FUBAR!”
“Wow, that is really FUBAR.”
“That whole thing was just so FUBAR.”