How do you/yinz/ya'll handle acronyms in dialogue? I've got my male protagonist telling my female protagonist the tale of how he ended up in her home state for college after returning from active duty in Vietnam, instead of taking advantage of in-state tuition in the state where he was raised. The relevant part of the exchange goes like this: “No, I went back to --------, moved back into the family apartment. Reapplied to ---U. This time they said— well, never mind what they said.” “They turned you down?” She was aghast. “They did. Nothing personal. Some bureaucratic SNAFU.” It's been pointed out to me that I should write it as snafu. That makes sense, as that's how he would pronounce it: as a word, not as separate letters. On the other hand, as an Army vet he would be very conscious of what the letters stand for, and though he might say "snafu," he surely would be thinking, "Situation Normal: All F----d Up." What do you think?