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"The exception proves the rule" is an expression constantly upon the lips of the ignorant, who parrot it from one another with never a thought of its absurdity.
As the saying goes, 'the exception proves the rule.'
But the fact such groups are becoming more remarked upon and more newsworthy shows how the exception proves the rule. Candace Owens, a young African American woman, fetishes her status as a Trump supporter when launching broadsides at the other team.
In an observation that demonstrates how the exception proves the rule, the French folk song sounds the least like Ravel; "his unique musical language is subverted through another kind of artifice, one that favors redefining a self in the context of these songs" (p.
One exception proves the rule. For a baker that emphasises its local values, it's perhaps ironic that its core raw materials are sourced from wholesale markets.
We all know of such cases, but as is usually true, the exception proves the rule. And those who think fit the appointment of senior military men to ambassadorships might dwell on the verdict reportedly delivered by General Anthony Zinni when his rumored appointment to Iraq was withdrawn: "They can stick it where the sun don't shine." Not all admirals and generals are so crude, but they and academics and campaign contributors share one thing in common: They are not trained diplomats, who in turn would be poor choices to command an army battalion or an aircraft carrier.
The exception proves the rule: For all practical purposes, Oregon judges are appointed rather than elected.
One could, of course, pick up holes in the chap's thesis, but being a wiseguy, he'd no doubt lay on the cliches fast and thick: "the exception proves the rule"; no philosophy can "survive without at first being torn to shreds" by nitpickers; the "proof of the pudding is in the eating" so, if you don't believe it, you can buy a ticket to Johannesburg right now, flying first to Kano.
Yet, just as there is truth in the old saying that "the exception proves the rule," I believe that two forward-looking organizations do not get the industry as a whole off the hook.
An exception proves the rule: a paraphrase of Swift's (literally) incendiary statement (in the Universal Use of Irish Manufacture), 'Burn everything English but their coal,' continues to be used as the IRA motto.
Although the bromide "the exception proves the rule" might be a comforting response, bromides do not serve well in antitrust cases.
And yet, the exception proves the rule. Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters (Faber - pounds 14.99) has been allocated numerous inches of newsprint since it first appeared like a meteor shower on the horizon after his 35 years of silence regarding his marriage to Sylvia Plath.
Other "experts" on grammar would use the idiomatic defense to "excuse" the use of out at the end of that particular sentence, hastening to assure you that it is a rare, allowable exception to "the rule." The wackier idiomatic-defense "experts" might contend that the sentence should be classified under that goofy dictum: "the exception proves the rule." For years I have tried to think of a widely-believed dictum that is more preposterous on its surface than "the exception proves the rule." I have been unable to think of one.
The exception proves the rule. Surely every sensible person must have wondered: How the heck can the exception prove the rule?
In this case, however, the exception proves the rule of a dominant ideology, since Hazlitt, in his public disagreement with Gifford over Coriolanus, is forced into a beleagured and defensive position against the unrelenting tirade of conservative abuse he faced.