Meaning: the idea, a supposed law of Nature, that anything that can go wrong will go wrong
- First our son got a cold. Now our daughter has the flu. We leave for our vacation tomorrow. It's Murphy's law.
- Everything went wrong at my wedding. It rained, the food was cold and my bride fainted. I guess it was just Murphy's law.
This idea is also known as Finagle's law of dynamic negatives, which suggests that things will go wrong at the worst possible moment.
Origin: Captain Edward Murphy (1919-1990) was an American aerospace engineer. While working on experimental aircraft at the United States Airforce Institution of Technology, Murphy determined that one should always plan for worst-case scenarios. This idea, which in fact predated Edward Murphy, became known as Murphy's law.
Which of the following is an accurate example of Murphy's law?
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Contributor: Tara Benwell