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Camac
Posted: 13-Mar-2008, 10:01 AM
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I have been taken somewhat to task for writing in reference to Gov. Spitzer "Spitted on his own Petard" I apologize I should have said "Hoisted on his own Petard." The phrase, as we use it, originated in Elizabethan times in Hamlet Act three lines 200 through 210 where Hamlet intercepts a letter containing the order for his death.

Also it seems that sometimes in the process of placing the Petard against a wall or gate the engineer responsible could become entangled in the hoisting gear or simply be blown (hoisted) up by a faulty fuse thus the term. Again I apologise for upsetting anyone by the misuse of the phrase.

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Posted: 13-Mar-2008, 10:40 AM
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QUOTE (Camac @ 13-Mar-2008, 10:01 AM)
Again I apologise for upsetting anyone by the misuse of the phrase.

Camac.

I would say "upset" is a bit strong -- but very gracious of you, nonetheless. The main objection wasn't the Shakespeare, to be honest, it was the Spitzer: he's not your governor and he's not your problem, so the outside observer levity was a bit grating, particularly in light of the apparent attempt to make a pun on "spitted" and "Spitzer."

That should clear any lingering petard fumes. wink.gif --
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Posted: 13-Mar-2008, 11:52 AM
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I agree and I thank you.

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Posted: 13-Mar-2008, 07:22 PM
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I agree whole heartedly, now can you please tell the media that MOST of us have heard enough? tongue.gif


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