July 23, 2016
- rule (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 a : a guide or principle for conduct or action b : an accepted method, custom, or habit c : regulation, bylaw2 : a broad statement generally found to be true3 : the exercise of authority or control : government4 : ruler
- How do you use it?
- "Now, while Despereaux did not indulge in many of the normal behaviors of mice, he did adhere to one of the most basic and elemental of all mice rules: Do not ever, under any circumstances, reveal yourself to humans." (Kate DiCamillo, _The Tale of Despereaux_)
- Are you a word wiz?
The word "rule" is part of a number of idioms in English. We've given you some examples in the answer choices below. Three of the answers are real "rule" idioms, but we made one of them up. Which one is the fake?We couldn't fool you if you picked answer B. You've probably learned what's known as the "golden rule," a rule of behavior that states you should do to others as you would have them do to you. "Golden rule" is also used to mean a person's guiding principle. "Rule of thumb" can mean either a rule of procedure based on experience and common sense, or a general principle considered as roughly correct but not intended to be scientifically accurate. "Ground rule" originally referred to a sports rule adopted to modify play on a particular field, court, or course, but is now also used to mean generally any rule of procedure.