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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?


26th Apr, 2005 06:15 (UTC)
Effect vs Affect - Ack! Looked it up once and now when I see either of them used incorrectly it makes the back of my brain itch!

check out http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/index.html