Posted by Bob on November 19, 2000
In Reply to: "The exception that proves the rule" posted by Patty on November 19, 2000
: What kind of sense does "the exception that proves the rule" make?
for an earlier discusssion. (But I'll summarize: "prove" used to mean "test" so an exception tests the validity of a rule. This meaning of prove also survives in "the proof (test) of the pudding is in the eating."