The exception that proves the rule

Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail ? | Sufiyane MBA
Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail ?

Focus with depth of field.
Mind, find and bind the gap.
React to the whole not to pieces.
Know thyself, don’t exceed your limits.
Recognize, resolve and respond when things are broken.


To become exceptional is to be the exception to the rule.
Personal types become traits with exception management.
Ordinary is without exception, expect the unexpected to be exceptional.

Paradigm shift | Sufiyane MBA
Paradigm Shift

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.

Gelett Burgess
Purple cow | Sufiyane MBA
Purple cow

The exception that proves the rule” a saying whose meaning is contested. Henry Watson Fowler‘s Modern English Usage identifies five ways in which the phrase has been used. Each use makes some sort of reference to the role that a particular case or event takes with respect to disproving a general rule.

Two original meanings of the phrase are usually cited. The first, preferred by Fowler, is that the presence of an exception applying to a specific case establishes (“proves”) that a general rule exists. A more explicit phrasing might be “the exception that proves the existence of the rule”. Most contemporary uses of the phrase emerge from this origin, although often in a way which is closer to the idea that all rules have their exceptions. The alternative origin “prove” is used in the archaic sense of “test”. In this sense, the phrase does not mean that an exception demonstrates a rule to be true or to exist, but that it tests the rule, thereby proving its value. There is little evidence of the phrase being used in this second way.

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