Re: [gardeners] Something to do right now!

Allen and Judy Merten (
Wed, 27 Oct 1999 13:53:56 -0500

    The phrase "hoist on my/his own petard", would then mean blown up by his
own device? I'll be. I always thought, like Margaret, that a petard was a sharp
weapon like a sword or spear.
Bastrop Co.

margaret lauterbach wrote:

> At 03:00 PM 10/26/99 -0300, you wrote:
> >Margaret
> >
> >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, please.
> >
> >Penny
> >
> >>>> margaret lauterbach <> 10/26/99 12:10PM >>>
> >At 01:58 PM 10/26/99 -0300, you wrote:
> >
> >>
> >Me, too. I was wondering how many petards Penny has? Margaret L
> >
> When she was attacked and held prisoner by her rhodies, the subject line
> read "Hoist by my own petard." It means caught in one's own trap. Petard
> actually means an explosive device used to blast castle doors open, etc.,
> during a siege. I had thought it meant one of those lances they used on
> which to mount the severed heads of the enemy, but I was wrong. Margaret