Exceptions and rules
Posted Oct 29, 2012 18:40 UTC (Mon) by randomguy3
In reply to: Exceptions and rules
Parent article: Thoughts on the ext4 panic
See Wikipedia's article on the phrase, which enumerates 5 usages (from most correct to least correct) from Fowler's Modern English Usage. I think that the article's usage would fit in number 3 (loose rhetorical): the use of the phrase is to draw attention to the fact that something is uncommon. The existence of the bug does not imply that bugs are uncommon. Nor is the ruckus itself an exception from anything.
Most people on this planet don't understand English. Should we stop using it and close LWN?
"Most people on the planet" is irrelevant. "Most people who read LWN" is much more relevant, and "tech-savvy English speakers" is a good approximation of that.
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