Friday, January 28, 2011

Double meanings and covering all the bases.

And the constitution specifically says no government sanction of religion.
 I wrote that on some message somewhere, but found it very entertaining for the reason that sanction is a contranym, and has two different and opposite meanings to both allow and prevent. In this particular case, both meanings apply. That's just cool.

Zoë: You sanguine about the kinda reception we're apt to receive on an Alliance ship, Captain?
Mal: Absolutely. What's "sanguine" mean?
Zoë: Sanguine. Hopeful. Plus, point of interest, it also means "bloody".
Mal: Well, that pretty much covers all the options, don't it?
-Firefly, "Safe"

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