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NONSENSE, construction. That which in a written agreement or will is unintelligible.
     2. It is a rule of law that an instrument shall be so construed that the whole, if possible, shall stand. When a matter is written grammatically right, but it is unintelligible, and the whole makes nonsense, some words cannot be rejected to make sense of the rest; 1 Salk. 324; but when matter is nonsense by being contrary and repugnant to, some precedent sensible latter, such repugnant matter is rejected. Ib.; 15 Vin. Ab. 560; 14 Vin. Ab. 142. The maxim of the civil law on this subject agrees with this rule: Quae in testamento ita sunt scripta, ut intelligi non possent: perinde sunt, ac si scripta non essent. Dig. 50,17,73,3. Vide articles Ambiguity; Construction; Interpretation.
     3. In pleading, when matter is nonsense by being contradictory and repugnant to something precedent, the precedent matter, which is sense, shall not be defeated by the repugnancy which follows, but that which is contradictory shall be rejected; as in ejectment where the declaration is of a demise on the second day of January, and that the defendant postea scilicet, on the first of January, ejected him; here the scilicet may be rejected as being expressly contrary to the postea and the precedent matter. 5 East, 255; 1 Salk. 324.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Hogwash Cleaning Solutions doesn't just clean roofs, it also offers full-service pressure washing of siding and sidewalks and "soft" washing for business and commercial property.
Let me simply say, the critic's comments are hogwash. He hasn't the slightest idea of the contribution of the force to the war in Italy, or he wouldn't dare make such a statement.
Although it is not above allowing its lighter-headed advocates to indulge in rhetorical backfilling, wholesale rewriting of history and the drawing of credulity-straining connections (Iraq, the Palestinians, Lebanon, Syria, Ukraine, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan; Libya was once on the list but now we are not so sure), top-decision-makers act, for purposes of practical policy, as if they know all this is hogwash. Recently, top decision-makers have adopted a much more measured tone, one that is more in line with classic realism than with neo-conservative aspirationalism.
"Bah, hogwash," said the President, and the old ghost disappeared--only to be replaced by a middle-aged-appearing specter who called out heartily, "Mr.
I wish non-golfers would stop buying into this hogwash. Ms.
V M Jones took home the junior fiction award for the second year in a row for 'Juggling With Mandarins' and the Children's Choice award went to 'Oh Hogwash, Sweet Pea!' by Ngareta Gabel and illustrated by Wellington artists, Astrid Jensen and Ali Teo.
Hogwash. The Assembly measure would make cloning people a serious criminal offense," the Star Ledger opined.
The plot is convoluted, funny, fast--and names like Hogwash, Hermine Cringer, Lon Measley, Halfwit, Alpo Bumblebore, Muddle, Uncle Serious, Valumart, and Severe Snipe will soon become as familiar as the originals.
"All this negativity about profits, growth rates, and P/E ratios is a load of hogwash. Take it from me, the stock market deserves its high valuation.
And if you have friends who still think Y2K is so much hogwash, you might point out that the top 25 companies in Chicago expect to spend more than $1.8 billion on the problem.