Date: Sat, 16 Dec 1995 12:46:02 -0400
From: Barnhart Barnhart[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HIGHLANDS.COM
Subject: Fwd: Re: Murphy's Law
According to Webster's 12,000 Words the origin of Murphy's law is PROBABLY in
the name E.A. Murphy, a 20th Century American engineer.
The first quote for the term in The Third Barnhart Dictionary of New English
is 1958. The first quotation in OEDs is likewise 1958. It suggests that the
term is military jargon. Another quotation suggests that it's origin was in
the ficticious character in educational cartoons produced for the U.S. Navy in
which Murphy was a clumsy mechanic.
Perhaps this term, as with the term jeep, will remain obscure or uncertain.
David K. Barnhart
Barnhart[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]Highlands.com