Principles of Operation (was: LANGUAGE SUBTAG REQUEST FORM, Erzgebirgisch)

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Jan 30 16:51:14 CET 2008

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> The Registry does not say that 'gem' indicates "all varieties of German" 
> or that it does not.  It says: "Description: Germanic (other)".

With the "(other)" destined to go away.

John Cowan  cowan at
"The exception proves the rule."  Dimbulbs think: "Your counterexample proves
my theory."  Latin students think "'Probat' means 'tests': the exception puts
the rule to the proof."  But legal historians know it means "Evidence for an
exception is evidence of the existence of a rule in cases not excepted from."

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