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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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darkcryst
22nd Apr, 2005 23:27 (UTC)
Good point, you cropped it to that from the photo I took. I more mean the image as a countdown tho.. as its generated by php code from that image ;)
miriammiriam
22nd Apr, 2005 23:36 (UTC)
well, la dee da mr. englishman
darkcryst
23rd Apr, 2005 09:43 (UTC)
yes! I doff my top-hat at you :P ;)
miriammiriam
23rd Apr, 2005 17:30 (UTC)
well i doff my chinchilla at you in retaliation.