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A.Word.A.Day--Parkinson's law

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Parkinson's Law (PAHR-kin-suhnz law) noun

Any of several satirical observations propounded as economic laws, especially "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion."

[After Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993).]

"According to Murphy's Law, this column will have a mistake in it. According to Parkinson's Law, it will take you as long to read this column as the time you allot to reading it."
Rob Kyff, This Column Obeys All Laws, The Hartford Courant, Nov 11, 1998.

This week's theme: Syndromes, paradoxes, laws, and principles


If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. -Rene Descartes

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