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Greenberg’s Law

By Brian | August 8, 2010 | Share on Facebook

In the spirit of everyone from Moore to Godwin, I humbly present:

Greenberg’s Law: On the Internet, any discussion, no matter how substantial its subject matter, can be completely derailed by the presence of a typographical error. For example, regardless of the veracity of the previous sentence, no one would discuss the point it makes if there were an apostrophe in the word “its.”


Greenberg’s Corollary: The person who brings up the typo, at the exclusion of the subject being discussed, concedes the argument.

Topics: Random Acts of Blogging | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Greenberg’s Law”

  1. Jeff Porten says at August 8th, 2010 at 10:22 pm :
    You’re trying to tell me I’ve lost lots of arguments, aren’t you? ;-)

  2. Joe Woods says at August 8th, 2010 at 11:28 pm :
    The way you state the Law and the way you state the Corollary leave the logical door open to the possibility that the person that brings up the typo may not care about the discussion or argument. That person, much like me, may simply be enjoying an opportunity to take a cheap shot at someone.

  3. Brian says at August 8th, 2010 at 11:57 pm :
    @Jeff #1: Yes, but not only because of typos. ;-)

    @Joe #2: Be that as it may, the cheap shot artist concedes the argument. I can live with that…


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