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Phrases

Phrases are often mis-quoted. Here's one I noticed earlier today:

"Hoist with his own petard"

The correct phrase is "Hoisted by his own petard." A petard is a keg of gunpowder that would be placed against castle/fortress gates and lit. The fuses were rather unreliable -- so an unlucky, or just plain incompetant, engineer could be hoisted (blown up) by his own petard.

What are ones you've noticed or that irritate you?

Comments

rethought
22nd Apr, 2005 12:42 (UTC)
I often here people talking about people 'getting their comeuppance' except they say it like 'cummuffins'. Which is uncalled for and, frankly, plain dirty.
darkcryst
22nd Apr, 2005 12:54 (UTC)
*laughs*

thats just... wrong! hehe