Recently I was properly taken to task for mangling the phrase “Hoist by his/her/their own petard”, since I used the word “hung” instead.
I replied rather lamely that I did in fact know that the term was “hoist”, and couldn’t explain my lapse. Did anyone believe me?
Well, while recently reviewing my old posts for a completely different reason, I came upon this one (Hoist by our own petard) from eons ago (back in August). It was with great relief that I saw that I used the phrase correctly. On the other hand, this illustrates both my declining mental powers and my inability to come up with original titles. The latter, by the way, is one of the most difficult parts of writing a blog.