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Re: "The exception that proves the rule"

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?

: Patty

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http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/2/messages/325.html
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."