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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?


22nd Apr, 2005 19:54 (UTC)
yeeeah... Litterally really bugs me too. I used to over-use it, but at least I was using it correctly.

Basically I think a lot of this is comming down to: People just don't know the damn language they are speaking properly. *sigh*