Eponymous law

Apa itu? Singkatnya, hukum yang dinamakan atas nama pencetusnya. Pertama kali gue tau istilah ini saat gue sedang mencari isi dari Poe’s law (lihat postingan sebelumnya). Setelah mencari di wikipedia, gue pun menemukan sebuah halaman yang berisi banyak Eponymous law. Beberapa di antaranya sudah kita kenal, seperti hukum Ampere, Avogadro, dan lainnya. Namun, ternyata bayak juga hukum yang agak-agak nyeleneh. Di sini gue akan menuliskan hukum-hukum yang buat gue menarik

  1. Bechdel’s Law
    — A movie is only worth watching if it contains 1) at least two women,
    2) who talk to each other, 3) about something other than a man.
  2. Dilbert Principle — Coined by Scott Adams as a variation of the Peter Principle of employee advancement. Named after Adams’ Dilbert comic strip, it proposes that the most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management.
  3. Godwin’s Law — An adage in Internet culture that states “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.” Coined by Mike Godwin in 1990.
  4. Herblock‘s law states that “If it’s good, they’ll stop making it.” Possibly coined by Herbert Lawrence Block, whose pen name was Herblock.
  5. Macfarlane’s law — You can talk faster than you can type, but you can read faster than you can listen. [late 1970s]
  6. Murphy’s law — Most commonly formulated as “if anything can go wrong, it will“, less commonly “If it can happen, it will happen“. Ascribed to Edward A. Murphy, Jr.
  7. Parkinson’s law — “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion“. Coined by C. Northcote Parkinson (1909–1993)
  8. Peckham’s Law – Beauty times brains equals a constant.
  9. Sturgeon’s revelation — “90 percent of everything is crap.
  10. Zawinski’s law
    — Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those
    programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.

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