Exception vs. Exemption

Both the words “exception” and “exemption” refer to leaving something out of a group, but there is a distinct difference in what is left out and why.

An exception means that the thing left out does not follow the same rule or custom as the other things in that group.


The word “weird” is an exception to the rule “I before E except after C.”

The expression “to take exception” means to object.


When my son said I was middle-aged, I took exception to that statement. He replied, “Mom, if you live to be twice what you are now, you’d be doing really well. That puts you in the middle now, doesn’t it?” (He inherited this logical sass from yours truly.)

An exemption is permission to be left out that is granted by someone in authority.


Because he absolutely had to have the report finished today, he was granted an exemption from attending the weekly staff meeting.

Another common use of the term exemption is for income taxes. There are many tax exemptions written into the US Tax Code to spur economic activity, and when they change, as they often do, it keeps a whole gaggle of accountants employed across the nation.
Funny Typo of the Day:

Perditions, instead of predictions in the following sentence:

“These figures show the history match and the perditions of oil, gas and water produced.”

Perdition means utter loss or destruction, or eternal damnation in hell. Totally losing all those produced hydrocarbons would be hell, indeed!


Profound Quote of the Day:

“The man who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition.”

– Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist, 1875-1861



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