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Thread #39443   Message #1288851
Posted By: GUEST,Arne Langsetmo
05-Oct-04 - 02:21 AM
Thread Name: Farting in Public
Subject: RE: Farting in Public
We used to have a rudimentary (I use that word advisedly) classification system...

Wouldn't that be "alimentary system", my dear Watson.

WRT the French: "Le Petomaine" derives from "peterade" -sp? - ...

I've heard that "being hoist on one's own petard" may refer to such type 'explosions' (although the alternative definition of "petard" as a small explosive device or a torpedo also seems to work; it seems that the "petard" military definitions is likely derived from 'small explosions' ... the "petere"). See this. I prefer the alimentary visual of someone being "hoist on his own petard" myself....