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Sodís Law


b) If anything can go wrong, it most certainly will

German translation:

Sodís Law = Gesetz, nach dem alles, was nur schief gehen kann, auch schief gehen wird (auch Murphyís Law genannt)


Sodís Law: approximately 73,000 hits



Sample text:

It's SODíS LAW. Arrange a picnic, organise all your friends to come along and then the weather changes. But such are the vagaries of an English summer ...

(The London Independent)

People who work with communicable diseases have their own version of SODíS LAW: that outbreaks of food poisoning only ever happen on Fridays.

(British Medical Journal)

Did you know?

Sodís Law
humorous axiom

- a humorous axiom that states, "If anything can go wrong, it will."


Apart from describing an unpleasant or annoying person, the British term sod is applied to people for whom one feels sympathy (The poor old sod is sick again) and often implies that the person is experiencing a bit of bad luck. Thus Sodís Law is an appropriate name for the adage "If anything can go wrong, it will."

The U.S. equivalent is Murphyís Law, the origin of which can be traced to American aerospace engineer Edward Murphy. Another version is Finagleís Law, which differs slightly: "Anything that can go wrong, willóand at the worst possible moment."

Examples of other "laws" are:

Hofstadter's Law - It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

Sturgeonís Law - Ninety percent of everything is crud.

Dilbert Principle ó The most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management.

say something like:

"What a rotten week Iíve had. There is no explanation other than Sodís Law."

Thanks to Rene for suggesting todayís word!

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