Monday, March 12, 2012

Exceptions to the Rule

Ever wonder where certain expressions and sayings come from? I do. I often look up the origin of sayings I hear, many times finding that the expression is being used in a wrong or unintended way. One of those expressions that gets used differently than its original form goes something like, "that's an exception to the rule." Wikipedia explained it this way, "The exception [that] proves the rule" is a frequently confused English idiom. The original meaning of this idiom is that the presence of an exception applying to a specific case establishes that a general rule existed. []