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Sod’s law 

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A popular UK term for the truism that anything that can go wrong, will.

Without delving into the phrase’s origin, Sod’s law differs slightly from the Americans’ Murphy’s law, with an added twist of person-specific irony–i.e., that the misfortune is tailored to the individual. Sod’s law was at play when Beethoven lost his hearing or when Christopher Reeve (Superman) was rendered paraplegic. 


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