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  •  Not exactly, consider this example: (0+ / 0-)

    You see a street sign saying "PARKING PERMITTED ON SUNDAY"

    This is an exception that "proves the rule" that parking is prohibited on days other than Sunday, even if there aren't any signs expressly stating that.

    So Portman is an exception, but doesn't really prove a rule.

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    •  both are accepted senses (0+ / 0-)
      "A case may appear at first sight to be an exception to the rule. However, when the situation is examined more closely, it is observed that the rule does not apply to this case, and thus the rule is shown to be valid after all.

      Fowler's example is of a critic, Jones, who never writes a favourable review. So it is surprising when he writes a favourable review of a novel by an unknown author. Then it is discovered that the novel is his own, written under a pseudonym. Obviously the rule doesn't apply to this case (although the rule may need to be more precisely stated in future) and the previous evaluation of Jones's ill-nature toward others is re-affirmed."

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 12:25:03 PM PDT

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