phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Phrases, Sayings and Idioms Home > Discussion Forum

Re: Sod's law

Posted by ESC on June 25, 2005

In Reply to: Re: Sods law posted by David FG on June 25, 2005

: : the meaning of sods law the meaning murphys law

:
: They mean the same. Nowadays, roughly speaking 'anything that can go wrong will go wrong.'

: DFG

From the archives:

SOD'S LAW - "inf. If anything can possibly go wrong with a test or experiment, it will. Originally applied to the natural sciences, the use of this law has been extended to cover day to day living and reads simply, 'If anything can possibly go wrong, it will,' to which has been added, 'and it will happen at the worst possible moment.'" The U.S. equivalent is "Murphy's Law." From "British English: A to Zed" by Norman W. Schur (Harper Perennial, New York, 1987).