01 August, 2008

Muphry's Law

Muphry’s Law (no, not Murphy’s). Muphry’s law states that “if you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written.”

Hartman’s Law of Prescriptivist Retaliation: “any article or statement about correct grammar, punctuation, or spelling is bound to contain at least one eror”.

“McKean’s Law” (after Verbatim editor Erin McKean):
Call it McKean’s Law: Any correction of the speech or writing of others will contain at least one grammatical, spelling, or typographical error.

“Skitt’s Law” (after alt.usage.english contributor “Skitt”):
Skitt’s Law, a corollary of Murphy’s Law, variously expressed as “any post correcting an error in another post will contain at least one error itself” or “the likelihood of an error in a post is directly proportional to the embarrassment it will cause the poster.”


Courtesy of posters from the Freakonomics blog

3 comments:

Law Minx said...

LMAO, Ms M - is this the sophsticate's way of saying what ever you blog and when ever you blog, you are certain to bugger it up at least some of the time???

Miss Middle of Manchester said...

Yup - and that righteous indignation over spelling, punctuation and grammar comes out the most when you've had a bit to drink - which is, unfortunately, when you're less co-ordinated!

MM

Law Minx said...

- or when you have just had a set of acrylic nails fitted!! My sdpelling has gone to the doges ever since!!! :))