One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The fact that some cases do not follow a rule proves that the rule applies in all other cases.
- ‘Regarding the previous posting about the Washington Post OpEd, one could counter with ‘the exception proves the rule’ - wrong.’
- ‘That is the one part where the exception proves the rule.’
- ‘Those who did not, such as Desmond Tutu, were the exceptions that proved the rule.’
- ‘His spell at Inter seems to have been the exception that proves the rule in terms of his value to a club.’
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