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WORD, construction. One or more syllables which when united convey an idea a single part of speech.
     2. Words are to be understood in a proper or figurative sense, and they are used both ways in law. They are also used in a technical sense. It is a general rule that contracts and wills shall be construed as the parties understood them; every person, however, is presumed to understand the force of the words be uses, and therefore technical words must be taken according to their legal import, even in wills, unless the testator manifests a clear intention to the contrary. 1 Bro. C. C. 33; 3 Bro. C. C. 234; 5 Ves. 401 8 Ves. 306.
     3. Every one is required to use words in the sense they are generally understood, for, as speech has been given to man to be a sign of his thoughts, for the purpose of communicating them to others, he is bound in treating with them, to use such words or signs in the sense sanctioned by usage, that is, in the sense in which they themselves understand them, or else he deceives them. Heinnec. Praelect. in Puffendorff, lib. 1, cap. 17, Sec. 2 Heinnec. de Jure Nat. lib. 1, Sec. 197; Wolff, lust. Jur. Nat. Sec. 7981.
     4. Formerly, indeed, in cases of slander, the defamatory words received the mildest interpretation of which they were susceptible, and some ludicrous decisions were the consequence. It was gravely decided, that to say of a merchant, "he is a base broken rascal, has broken twice, and I will make him break a third time," that no action could be maintained, because it might be intended that he had a hernia: ne poet dar porter action, car poet estre intend de burstness de belly. Latch, 104. But now they are understood in their usual signification. Comb. 37; Ham. N. P. 282. Vide Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.; Construction; Interpretation.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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11) is placed on another bridge support under the Joe Slovo off-ramp behind the Mandela portrait.
Slovo knew exactly when that was: "Ali triumphs after three and a half years of being banned," she says.
Based on stories told by people who knew them, this book recounts the work of Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the war against apartheid in South Africa.
Following arguments proposed by Slavoj Zizek in his account of the 2011 riots in England and elsewhere, Holdsworth looked at the way dramatists like Gilian Slovo (The Riots, 2011) have dealt with the paradox that rioters are highly visible in the media through their actions, but still remain invisible as individuals.
When I was young I met Ruth First and Joe Slovo, two heroes of the movement to free South Africa.
A spokesperson for the Agency has cited an article published by Svobodno Slovo, a pro-government tabloid website, claiming that the 15-year-old girl has been asmoking banned substances.a
"Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid" by historian Alan Wieder is the biographical story of a white man and a white woman who became heroes to subjugated South African blacks by working to abolish the apartheid system.
Stephen Frears, an Oscar nominee for "The Queen,'' directed, and the script is by Shawn Slovo ("A World Apart'').
Today thousands of bouquets and Get Well cards at his Johannesburg house and hospital echo his eulogy at the burial of communist leader Joe Slovo in 1995.
(18) Lur'e's dating of the original composition to 1502-4 remains, but, according to Alekseev, the earliest redaction is not the brief 11-slovo one but rather an initial 13-slovo version represented by the two earliest extant Iosifov working copies of the 16-slovo extended redaction (minus Slovo 12), MSS Eparkh.
An open letter urging the Government to leave the PLR alone appeared last year in a national newspaper by leading authors Joanna Trollope, Andrew Motion, Lisa Appignanesi, Monica Ali, Antonia Fraser, Natalie Haynes, Michael Holroyd, Deborah Moggach and Gillian Slovo.