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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?

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sisiphus
22nd Apr, 2005 18:14 (UTC)
chalk full v. chock full

could of v. could've

You should post this in the grammar_whores (US) or grammar_police (UK) community. They get a kick out of stuff like this.
darkcryst
22nd Apr, 2005 20:03 (UTC)
Yeeeah, I concidered it, but often I find the bickering in the comments just plain annoying.

Which is why I'm not a member of either...

Plus I was more interested what people who read this journal have found, you know?