Murphy's Law in 1941

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 19 14:56:05 UTC 2001

I hope the "tease" aspect of this posting does not outweigh its
informational value.

In the course of doing research for the forthcoming Yale Dictionary of
Quotations, I have come across a version of Murphy's Law (the proverb
itself, not the name "Murphy's Law") dated 1941.  It is not from an
aviation or engineering context.  Because I don't want Bartlett's or the
Oxford Dictionary of Quotations to get this before my book is published
(it's very unlikely Bartlett's would pick it up from ADS-L, but possible
that ODQ would), I regret that I cannot give details at this time.

Fred Shapiro

Fred R. Shapiro                             Editor
Associate Librarian for Public Services     YALE DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS
  and Lecturer in Legal Research            Yale University Press,
Yale Law School                             forthcoming
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