Friday, May 27, 2022

Murphy's Law (Idiom)


Murphy's Law may have originated in the scientific or engineering community (but no one knows who "Murphy" was). It is usually stated:

Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

Some call this "Murphy's First Law" because there are many (maybe hundreds of) corollaries. Here are a few:

  • Nothing is as easy as it looks.
  • Everything takes longer than you think it will.
  • If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
  • Every solution breeds new problems.
  • If your project doesn't work, look for the part you didn't think was important.
  • The ideal resume will turn up one day after the position is filled.
  • No matter how good a bargain you get, the price will drop after you buy it.
  • A spoon of wine in a barrel of sewage makes sewage. A spoon of sewage in a barrel of wine makes sewage.


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