Definition of Sturgeon's Law in US English:

Sturgeon's Law

(also Sturgeon's law)


  • A humorous aphorism which maintains that most of any body of published material, knowledge, etc., or (more generally) of everything is worthless: based on a statement by Sturgeon, usually later cited as ‘90 per cent of everything is crap’.


1960s. From the genitive of the name of Theodore H. Sturgeon, U.S. science fiction writer + law.


Sturgeon's Law

/ˌstəːdʒ(ə)nz ˈlɔː/