[gardeners] Re: Petard

Bill Loke (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 26 Oct 1999 18:32:56 -0400

Actually petard comes from the French peter (to break wind). It is also the
name of a small bomb used to break down doors as well as a type of
firecracker.  "Hoist by your own petard" means to adversely affect oneself
by one's schemes against another.
Bill Loke; Kars, Ontario. USDA Z 4B/5A

----- Original Message -----
From: Francoise De Smet <francois@pottsville.infi.net>
To: <gardeners@globalgarden.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: [gardeners] Something to do right now!

> > Know I should know what petard means and it does sound French, but for
the life of me I can't rmember and no dictionary handy.  Explanation,
> A petard is a fire cracker. The small kind, the ones used by kids on the
4th July.
> I don't have a clue what this is all about; haven't read my mail yet. But
you seem to enjoy it.
> Fran.