Friday Firepower – The Petard

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from Wikipedia

A?petard was a small?bomb used to blow up gates and walls when breaching fortifications. The term has a?French origin and dates back to the sixteenth century. In a typical implementation, it was commonly either a conical or rectangular metal object containing 5 or 6 pounds of?gunpowder, activated with a?slow match used as a fuse.


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The word?petard comes from the?Middle Frenchpeter, to break wind, from?pet expulsion of?intestinal gas, from?Latin?peditum, from?neuter of?peditus,?past participle of?pedere, to break wind; akin to?Greekbdein to break wind. (Merriam-Webster)?Petard remains a French word meaning a firecracker today (in French?slang, it means a?handgun, or a?joint).

The word remains in modern usage in the phrase?hoist with one’s own petard, which means “to be harmed by one’s own plan to harm someone else” or “to fall into one’s own trap,” literally implying that one could be lifted up (hoist, or blown upward) by one’s own bomb.

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