the bread never falls but on its buttered side

A formulation of Murphy’s Law; cf. if anything can go wrong, it will.

1867 A. D. RICHARDSON Beyond Mississippi iii. His bread never fell on the buttered side.

1891 J. L. KIPLING Beast & Man x. We express the completeness of ill-luck by saying, ‘The bread never falls but on its buttered side.’

1980 Guardian 3 Dec. 12 Murphy’s (or Sod’s) Law... Murphy’s many relatives always quote it as ‘Buttered bread falls buttered side down—and if it’s a sandwich it falls open.’


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