Of course this term means: Bottom Line Up Front. It's most often used at the start of 124 slide powerpoints or circuitous homeresque emails. And in this aspect, it is hugely valuable! It allows the reader to assess the nature of the email or brief and then
I only wish the users of the ubiquitous BLUF could be just a succinct in the rest of their writing.
The English major in me would like to add though that the general public knows "BLUF" by another name: The topic sentence. A good topic sentence needs no acronym loudly belching its presence.
PGONism corollary: When I first saw the term BLUF I immediately went to google to figure out what it meant and this website was the #1 result:
No kidding, this is a website dedicated to Breeches and Leather Uniform Fanclub...yup, that kind of website. So next time you use or see the word BLUF in a brief I want you to think about the "fraternal homosexual leather organization" and the smart-aleck LT that most likely (earned a fitrep bullet) coined the term BLUF.