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Last post 7 months ago by RMAN4443. 18 replies replies.
Hoist with his own petard
victor809 Offline
#1 Posted:
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Learned something new today.
I always thought a petard was a banner or something, and visualized this saying much differently.

Apparently a petard is a small explosive device. And the saying came from Hamlet.

So now, if you were like me and didn't know this before, now you do.
frankj1 Online
#2 Posted:
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I knew it.
Bet Huck knew it too.
tonygraz Offline
#3 Posted:
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I thought it was a stupid pet.
frankj1 Online
#4 Posted:
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I can see why
Krazeehorse Offline
#5 Posted:
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I thought it was when you were really tired. I'm petard out.
Gene363 Offline
#6 Posted:
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The life of a grenadier was often short and explosive.
DrafterX Offline
#7 Posted:
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There's nothing funny about retarded puppy-dogs... Not talking
RMAN4443 Offline
#8 Posted:
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I like to watch them chase their tail....makes me laugh...Anxious
JadeRose Offline
#9 Posted:
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Wasn't he the Captain of the Starship Enterprise?
KingoftheCove Offline
#10 Posted:
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I thought it was dudes who chronically miss the toilet...
opelmanta1900 Offline
#11 Posted:
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If you hoist yourself with your own petard, what is that, a d*ck push up or a d*ck pull up?
DrafterX Offline
#12 Posted:
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TW is prolly pulling his right now... Mellow
MACS Offline
#13 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
I knew it.
Bet Huck knew it too.


You went to school in the northeast, no? English class was a whole lot of reading and discussing Bill Shakespeare, am I right?

I do not recall that phrase, however... or a lot of the other ones for that matter.
frankj1 Online
#14 Posted:
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not sure how or when I learned the meaning.
victor809 Offline
#15 Posted:
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I've always (within the span of my memory) had a general sense of the meaning (to bring about one's own ruin)... But I always assumed the mechanics behind the saying were much different. I don't know where I ever got the incorrect idea of what a petard was.
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#16 Posted:
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yeah, it wasn't from a Shakespeare segment in English class.
I think more like one of those things when I read it again or someone mentioned the phrase and we looked it up.

Prior to that I assumed it meant to impale oneself...so assumed a petard was a sword-like weapon.
KingoftheCove Offline
#17 Posted:
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The guy who always fails gym class?
RMAN4443 Offline
#18 Posted:
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I always thought the thread title was what Fred Flintstone did at work....Think
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