© 2005 Jamie Zawinski
The following phrases are hereby Not Allowed.
"The Law of Unintended Consequences."
The thing about this phrase is that people often cite it,
but never define it. There's a good reason for that:
any definition of it would be shorter than its title!
Let's try: "Unintended Consequences happen." Wait, I think
we can do better: "Shit happens." Yup, there it is: when you
want to say "shit happens", or when you want to make the
Nelson "ha-ha" laugh, you can instead invoke The Law Of and
suddenly you sound erudite.
I'm pretty sure this used to be called "gloating."
But by ismifying it, you can pretend it's a
school of thought.
Stop using these phrases. If you hear someone using them,
Thank you for your cooperation.