Muphry’s Law, as coined by John Bangsund, of the Victorian Society of Editors, states:
- if you write anything criticising editing or proofreading, there will be a fault in what you have written;
- if an author thanks you in a book for your editing or proofreading, there will be mistakes in the book;
- the stronger the sentiment in (a) and (b), the greater the fault; and
- any book devoted to editing or style will be internally inconsistent.
I may be the last person in the universe to have heard of Muphry’s Law, but dad gave me the keys this week, so I’m driving where I want to drive.