Sunday, December 28, 2014

Rules and regulations; what's the diff?

We've all seen official signs that say "Rules and Regulations," and I've often wondered the difference between the two ... if there is any.

I found a web site that tried to explain the difference between the two, but I came away unconvinced. The web site used to explain in this way: defines ‘rule’ as:

  • A principle or regulation governing conduct, action, procedure, arrangement
  • The customary or normal circumstance, occurrence, manner, practice, quality, etc.
  • To control or direct; exercise dominating power, authority, or influence over; govern.
  • To decide or declare judicially or authoritatively
  • To make a formal decision or ruling, as on a point at law. defines ‘regulation’ as:

  • A law, rule, or other order prescribed by authority, especially to regulate conduct.
  • The act of regulating or the state of being regulated.
  • A governmental or ministerial order having the force of law
  • As required by official rules or procedure

I don't know; I see "regulation" under the definition of "rule," and I see "rule" under the definition of "regulation."

I ask again; what's the difference?

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