i blame sod all the time. in fact, there can’t have been a bad situation where the guy hasn’t featured – or at least someone will utter those words, and then all of sudden all the pressure is lifted. ‘hey it wasn’t our fault! it was going to happen anyway! lets make the best of a bad situation’. i hate to break it to you, but thats just bull. shit.
murphy’s law – known to many as sods law, is the belief or perhaps the rule that ‘if anything can go wrong, it will’.
of course, this law is not entirely Murphy’s own, he merely put a name to the common assumption to prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and that the worst always happens to those who least need it (poor sod, thats where he comes in).
many turns of phrase we use are often an adaptation on this central law –
‘If it seems too good to be true, it probably is’
‘If you’re running late the bus will be too’, ‘Things get worse under pressure’
‘You will always find something in the last place you look’ (this one always annoys me, cause who continues looking when they’ve found it?)
‘The other line always moves faster’
and so on. just think of something bad, and exaggerate, it’s all in the exaggeration.
BUT. i think murphy’s law highlights that quite often in complicated situations there are very few outcomes that are desired, and the rest (a far greater majority) have undesirable consequences. so its not down to a rule, or a law, its just a case of probabilty.
next time something good happens, i bet you won’t be thanking murphy for getting it wrong, you’ll be congratulating yourself. but if it goes tits up – damn that sod. typical.
technically laws can’t be created by one individual and declared as fact, especially one such as this which is mere speculation on the order of things.
secondly, there’s no proof it was coined by a chap called murphy, as many different names are often associated with the phrase, or something very similar.
if you fancy reading more on this delightful topic i actually managed to find websites (its so sad they actually exist):
fact of the day (or week ;) )