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Sod's Law

Posted by ESC on August 27, 2002

In Reply to: Sod's Law posted by R. Berg on August 27, 2002

: : I've had a contact from the BBC asking about the origin of Sod's Law. Anyone know?

: Partridge has an entry for it in Dictionary of Catch Phrases: American and British, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day. If you don't have the book, I'll post the entry.

Hey Gary, check 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).

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