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  • But Dublin, no matter what remained, was new with gay men in twos or threes or hungry ones alone on their way to the Front Lounge or GUBU or some new joint that I have yet to hear about.

    The Empty Family

  • Even now, his war with Haughey's GUBU-era government (an acronymn coined by the Cruiser from the Taoiseach's description of how discovering a double-murderer hiding out in the Attorney-General's home was "Grotesque, Unbelievable, Bizarre and Unprecedented") is sparklingly good stuff.

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

  • It's GUBU-time for the DUP as it convulses in all its buttoned-up prudery.

    Bock The Robber

  • The current phase feels more like Albert's swing on the Merry-go-round than GUBU.

    Politics.ie - 3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,27,28,29,30,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,41,42,48,49,50,52

  • * According to Loose Talk: The GUBU File by Damian Corless, a presenter of Eurovision said to Ireland’s winner, “Johnny Logan, you are historical!”

    June « 2009 « Sentence first

  • Given this - it was no surprise that Brutons budget fell - Kemmy couldn't stomach it, neither could many in the Labour party so it was kind of convenient in a uniquely Irish moral kind of a way that we could nail it on Brutal Bruton and his tax on kids shoes - I not going to talk much about Haughey's brief interval in 82 - suffice to say not much happened - the debt kept on going up as Haughey kept McSharry on the leash and the workers party wouldn't vote for the budget that was needed and the rest of the time was total GUBU and internal FF infighting on live TV every night.

    Irish Blogs

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  • An acronym short for "grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre, unprecedented."

    Not military slang as I first suspected.

    Based off of this quote by then Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland, Charles Haughe, in 1945: "It was a bizarre happening, an unprecedented situation, a grotesque situation, an almost unbelievable mischance."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUBU

    February 10, 2017