Talk:Eponymous laws

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This should make it easier for the Guardian next time, haha. Tetronian you're clueless 23:30, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

This is actually for the SF Weekly, who is linking to our Murphy's Law article because it use to have Beckhap's Law on it. - π 23:33, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

Challenge to laws[edit]

I want to challenge Beckhap's Law, which states that "Beauty times brain equals a constant". My girlfriend is one of the most beautiful women I've met, yet she is a very intelligent lady. --RationalSpanish Sí, soy español, ¿y qué? 18:00, 8 September 2011


should these be alphabatized? or is Poe at the top, cause it's so critical around here?--Cyan mowse 2.pngGodot 14:57, 25 April 2012 (UTC)


Actually these laws are not "eponymous" - they have not given their names to something else.--Bob"I think you'll find it's more complicated than that." 21:02, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

Dealing with the name is in my to-do bucket. Keep your pants on.--Token Conservative (talk) 21:06, 2 May 2013 (UTC)
Logically these should be something like "List of laws named after people" or something like that. One could argue that "Poe's Law" is "eponymous" as it gave its name to the type of internet troll called "a Poe". But the rest aren't. And please keep calm Token Conservative. :-) --Bob"I think you'll find it's more complicated than that." 05:34, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
Not all of these are named after people though. I brought it up in the relevant thread in the bar asking for name suggestions because I'm also covering the internet laws in the template and category. I was thinking "Cultural Laws" because they're laws about our culture.--Token Conservative (talk) 05:46, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
"Eponymous laws" is the most commonly used phrase, and the one used at Wikipedia (WP:list of eponymous laws). I don't see any reason to reason to change it. AFAIK, the adjective "eponymous" can be applied either to the person/place/thing after which something is named or to the thing named after them. €₳$£ΘĪÐWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 06:39, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
Well Weasel, I defer to your superior knowledge.--Token Conservative (talk) 15:51, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
When I suggested "eponymous laws" elsewhere, it was in reference to the WP article. Usually, if in doubt, defer to what WP says. Scarlet A.pngtheist 16:04, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
Eponymous means "giving your name to" - Wikipedia "laws" article is also wrong. The first entry on the WP article's talk page makes the same point. Ironically, WP's linked "eponym" article defines the word correctly.--Bob"I think you'll find it's more complicated than that." 16:15, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
I have no problem changing it, but I would need something to change it to. So, unless you're going to make a suggestion, its going to have to stay the way it is.--Token Conservative (talk) 16:21, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
"List of whats-that-word-thats-the-opposite-of-eponymous laws" is pretty catchy. Scarlet A.pngbomination 16:48, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
Wiktionary gives both definitions for eponym. So do most other dictionaries (eponym a selection). WẽãšẽĩõĩďWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 19:45, 3 May 2013 (UTC)


I think Eponymous laws, Feminist internet laws, and Internet law should be split. Or at least it should be easier to look up a specific law, like they can be merged too (though we get an unsightly list and so I favor a split. Right now, it's a pain in the ass to find a law and don't remember the name. Anecdote: I didn't remember the name for Sturgeon's law, so I looked at Internet law and couldn't find it and then I had to search online "most content on the Internet is crap" and I finally found it after, like, page 2 of search results. --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario! 19:11, 3 August 2017 (UTC)

Non-eponymous laws[edit]

Someone added the Prime Directive to the section of science fiction laws, despite the fact that it isn't eponymous (are the Three Laws of Robotics eponymous?). I'm reluctant to delete but wonder What Should Be Done. --Annanoon (talk) 13:12, 22 October 2019 (UTC)

Can I claim the law...[edit]

"Anyone that busts out the word 'realism' or 'realist' in a discussion about how to divide humans into groups richly deserves the ass kicking they are probably already receiving". - Immigrant laborer (talk) 16:40, 14 November 2019 (UTC)

Grow a pair[edit]

We need a law that states that whatever follows the phrase "grow a pair" is very, very bad advice. Would anybody like a law named after them? It looks like "Gibson" is taken. JHowardGibson (talk) 20:39, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

Name it after me! I'm super cool. Or, alternatively, call it Howard's Law. Twodots Annoy me Look, ma! 20:45, 11 January 2021 (UTC)