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The Mystery of Sanction

I find it peculiar that the word sanction means restriction and deterrent, while also meaning assent and approval. Go figure. No wonder English is considered one of the hardest languages to learn. Do you know other words of this caliber?

1 trade sanctions penalty, punishment, deterrent; punitive action, discipline, restriction; embargo, ban, prohibition, boycott. antonym reward.
2 the scheme has the sanction of the court authorization, consent, leave, permission, authority, warrant, license, dispensation, assent, acquiescence, agreement, approval, approbation, endorsement, accreditation, ratification, validation, blessing, imprimatur; informal go-ahead, OK, green light. antonym prohibition.

From MacBook online thesaurus

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

6 replies on “The Mystery of Sanction”

thanks Jerry – it is an old old Greek Orthodox hymn which is chanted at Easter – Christos Anesti – Christ is Risen – it is a truth that once realised changes the world forever.




Nothing to do with the post – but Happy Easter Shirley

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καὶ τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι, ζωὴν χαρισάμενος!

Christ is risen from the dead, Trampling down death by death, And upon those in the tombs Bestowing life!


“The scheme has the sanction of the court authorization,” Sis Buxton right there is your answer. Have you ever seen much done in the judicial system that many any or much sense?

Our prayer is that the power of HIS Resurrection will touch your services Sunday.



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