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The plain meaning rule, also known as the literal rule, is one of three rules of statutory construction traditionally applied by English courts. The other two are the “mischief rule” and the “golden rule.”

The plain meaning rule dictates that statutes are to be interpreted using the ordinary meaning of the language of the statute. In other words, a statute is to be read word for word and is to be interpreted according to the ordinary meaning of the language, unless a statute explicitly defines some of its terms otherwise or unless the result would be cruel or absurd. Ordinary words are given their ordinary meaning, technical terms are given their technical meaning, and local, cultural terms are recognized as applicable. The plain meaning rule is the mechanism that prevents courts from taking sides in legislative or political issues. Additionally, it is the mechanism that underlies textualism and, to a certain extent, originalism.

The main aim of the mischief rule is to determine the “mischief and defect” that the statute in question has set out to remedy, and what ruling would effectively implement this remedy. In applying the Mischief Rule the court is essentially asking what part of the law did the law not cover, but was meant to be rectified by the parliament in passing the bill.

The golden rule allows a judge to depart from a word’s normal meaning in order to avoid an absurd result.

“The golden rule is that the words of a statute must prima facie be given their ordinary meaning.”

Siri to Cortana

Let it end with PEACE

As heard from S.E. TREX

The Options are Endless – But here’s 1 to pick from.

The Bells of St Mary’s

A long, long, time ago his father settled a dispute of the Bells of the Angels (Angelus).

For his father allowed for the Church to be built but not all were pleased and so those that didn’t understand the true meaning of the Creator’s Belief started to grumble at the sound of the Bell. Taking their complaint to the Ruler, the townsmen of another race marched in saying – ‘Nuisance!!!, you must stop this disturbance!!!

The Ruler approached the Church and Mother Superior took charge. With a polite yet assertive tone – She declined, and said ‘it is you who has given us permission to build our church of faith in your land. Why then do you tell us to now stop our traditions that have symbolic value? Would you stop Adhan ? The ruler understood in that brief conversation the symbolic value of the bell and made a deal. A deal where both win from a situation.

What was the deal?

‘I will tear down this church and build a bigger new one if you agree to install a new bell which will ring softer, because, we are a peaceful people it will be so, not to disturb and fight with the others but to come together as a community, showing the others the true meaning of Advent – Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.’

Ask, Seek, Believe : For which Mother would intentionally end life. Even so as they might, She will not cause She’s being led by the Spirit.

Reference to context as Gîn says : Satan will offer you a sugar coated pill,  And you will not realize it until you are very ill.”


Traditional candle set for use in standard Advent wreaths. Includes 3 purple candles and one pink candle. 10″ wax tapers, with 3/4″ base. The Advent wreath is the traditional centerpiece of the Christmas season. A candle is lit on each of the four Sundays preceding Christmas. Three candles are purple and one is rose or pink. The first candle represents hope. The second candle peace. The pink candle, generally lit on the third Sunday of Advent, represents joy. The final candle signifies love.

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