Antedating of "Sod's Law"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 31 19:24:14 UTC 2008

"Sod's Law" is the British counterpart to "Murphy's Law."  OED's first use for the former is dated 1970.  Google Books shows what is probably a legitimate 1963 occurrence of "Sod's Law," in Shipbuilding & shipping record; a journal of shipbuilding, ... v.102 1963 Jul-Dec, pages 95 and 135.

Fred Shapiro

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