In which I appear in the Telegraph, sort of

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.")

2 Responses to “In which I appear in the Telegraph, sort of”

  1. Geoffrey Harper

    Broken link


    The link to Muphry’s Law is broken i.e. which appears on

    Thought you’d like to know.



    • Jed

      Thanks! I haven’t yet set up redirects from all the old URLs to all the new ones, but I’ve now fixed that link.

      What does WBW stand for?


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