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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
jcbarros
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 1:26:00 AM

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I thought that the exception proved the rule.
Verbatim
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 1:59:43 AM
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Daemon wrote:
I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)


I never make exceptions. But one, a single one, by exception or is it by the rule? Brick wall

An exception disproves the rule. Surely, several of them would help to prove it! Eh?

Seriously, please go to this link: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/731/whats-the-meaning-of-the-expression-thats-the-exception-that-proves-the-rule
and if that fails the purpose, of course, there is always wikipedia.
MTC
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 5:02:08 AM
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"You really are an automaton a calculating machine," I cried. "There is something positively inhuman in you at times."

He smiled gently.

"It is of the first importance," he cried, "not to allow your judgment to be biased by personal qualities. A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem. The emotional qualities are antagonistic to clear reasoning. I assure you that the most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money, and the most repellent man of my acquaintance is a philanthropist who has spent nearly a quarter of a million upon the London poor."

"In this case, however "

"I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule."

The Sign of Four, Ch 2, The Statement of the Case

Bully_rus
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 5:48:27 AM
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Often exception is more interesting than rule and sometimes exception is a sign of new undiscovered rule.
user1234
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 11:20:01 PM
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Daemon wrote:
I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)


if no exception is made, the rule needs to be revised
user1234
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 11:21:14 PM
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Bully_rus wrote:
Often exception is more interesting than rule and sometimes exception is a sign of new undiscovered rule.


agree. new rule should be made then.
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