posted by [personal profile] skreidle at 07:45pm on 2009-07-02
A few exceptions, particularly from anonymous people, hardly break a standard.
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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:54pm on 2009-07-02
Now, a few exceptions do not invalidate it. They do illustrate the difference between universal and nearly-universal. And they should be acknowledged just in case it turns out later that the exceptions are more than a few.

(I thought the quote sounded pretty accurate, at least in US culture, but part of the reason I posted it was to see whether I'd get any responses telling me it's wrong. One exception doesn't make it wrong, but several more would at least indicate that it's not safe to take for granted just because it sounds right.)

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