Created By: Ekuran on May 7, 2011 Last Edited By: Ekuran on May 18, 2011
Nuked

Exception To The Rule

An exception to a rule, which generally proves it.

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How Did We Miss This One?, Up for Grabs, Needs More Examples, Needs a Better Description.

Alt Title: Exception That Proves The Rule.

An exception that proves a rule is one that proves the rule's existence, by being an exception to it.

For instance, a sign saying "parking on Saturdays only" proves that there is a rule against parking there any other time, by making Saturdays an exception to that rule.


I'm trying to decide whether this should be just a Stock Phrase or an actual trope. I'm leaning towards it being a trope, but I would like a consensus on it first.

Examples

Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • May 7, 2011
    randomsurfer
    98% of the time the phrase-sayer doesn't understand the concept. In this context the word "prove" means "test," not "verify." A successful exception actually invalidates the rule.
  • May 8, 2011
    dalek955
    Definition: an exception that proves a rule is one that proves the rule's existence, by being an exception to it.

    For instance, a sign saying "parking on Saturdays only" proves that there is a rule against parking there any other time, by making Saturdays an exception to that rule.
  • May 9, 2011
    jate88
  • May 9, 2011
    Ekuran
    ^How? This is definitely some type of storytelling device.
  • May 18, 2011
    Ekuran
    Bump.
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