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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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He said: "The council meeting had been discussing issues of child care, poverty and health needs in the borough - all things worthy of discussion, and then we ended up with a poppycock UKIP motion to chop down a flagpole.
Poppycock! It may be news to the entrepreneur, but clubs have been selling shirts commemorating landmark victories for some time.
Poppycock, this new road came about due to the pressure from Barry Island residents' pressure group.
"That's poppycock but I don't think Nick Clegg, who is a charming young man, has ever purported to know anything at all about economics" - Tory peer Lord (Nigel) Lawson, who advocates that Britain should leave the EU, takes issue with the Deputy Prime Minister, who disputes his views.
The idea that in 2014 we'll be handing over anything other than a disaster is poppycock," he added.
Poppycock! Your errant swipe puts you in the role of insurance industry apologist, assuring your readership that "it is difficult for some to get over the obvious nature of the claims settlement process ..."
It is hard not to stifle a laugh but his posturing poppycock is really not funny any longer.
Although his drug charges ultimately were dropped, it's weird that he does not mention the experience, since the authorities probably would not have pursued the case against him had he not written a book debunking the government's poppycock.
This being a World Cup year, the English media desperately need to think up some nonsensical, superstitious poppycock which will deflect attention from the fact that the Three Lions just aren't as good at kicking a ball as other countries.
I heard horror stories of terrible copper fouling and poor accuracy, all of which I knew was pure poppycock.
Ninety nine percent of this stuff is manufactured poppycock. Fabrication and falsehood put together by well-paid publicists making Price and Andre a fortune from flick-through magazines.
IT is interesting to hear the David Bellamy has spoken out against the consented Gwynt-y-Mor wind farm, though with his comment made in 2004 that "man-made climate change is poppycock" maybe we shouldn't take him too seriously, given that the overwhelming scientific consensus is that climate change is actually a reality.