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The Telegraph recently featured a list of top 10 Internet "laws", starting of course with Godwin's Law.

Sure enough, there at #4 is Skitt's Law, a.k.a. Muphry's Law (sic), a.k.a. McKean's Law, a.k.a. Hartman's Law of Prescriptivist Retaliation.

Yay! I'm very slightly partially Internet famous for having independently coined a saying not too many years after the first recorded time that someone else said the same thing!

(And, most likely, for having come up with a catchy name for it. I suspect if I had just called it Hartman's Law, the Internet-famous linguists who've referred to it would've gone with McKean's Law, since she's much better-known than I am. Then again, it appears to have been Vardibidian who told the linguists about my version in 2005, so maybe if I had hired a publicist back in '99, I would've won the naming war.)

(As for the Telegraph article, my other favorite law in their list is Pommer's Law: "A person's mind can be changed by reading information on the internet. The nature of this change will be: From having no opinion to having a wrong opinion.")

Mantisisms

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I've been meaning for a while to collect in one place all the quotes from my sardonic pal Jack Mantis.

Recently discovered the "pages" publishing system in Movable Type—sort of like blog entries without dates attached, which are outside of the regular flow of entries. Seems like a good place to put material that's going to be updated over time.

So now I have two pages in the Mantis Files section of this blog: Mantis Speaks and Mantis at the Movies. Most of the material in both pages has previously appeared elsewhere on my site at one time or another.

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