15 Jun '11, 5am

Hoisted by the presidential petard #sgpresident #singapore #sgelections #sgelection #sgpolitics #tankinlian

Hoisted by the presidential petard #sgpresident #singapore #sgelections #sgelection #sgpolitics #tankinlian

was apparently a small bomb that the French used in the 16th century to blow up fortifications etc. The problem is that, like many such munitions, they can behave quite tempermentally and blow up at unexpected moments. Much like the situation of the terrorist who blows himself up accidentally in the comfort of his bomb factory. So one can easily be "hoisted by his own petard" . Funnily, a related word to petard is 'peter ' or 'petar ' meaning 'to break wind' , or fart . Seen in the light of this alternative meaning, one conjures up the comical imagery of someone being 'hoisted' by his own fart. For a guy, I suppose, it's like trying to pee against the wind. Several years ago, the PAP, in a rare pique of insecurity, suddenly recognized that there could actually be a freak election result giving rise to an unintended opposition-led government. Quite an oxymoron here since al...

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