Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hoisted by their own petard?

What's a petard anyway?

Whatever it is, it seems that at least one food manufacturer is getting some poetic justice. There is a note posted at all the registers in my local supermarket stating that the 14.5 ounce jar of Skippy peanut butter, recently downsized, is not approved by WIC. So in an attempt to save money, apparently Skippy cut off a portion of their business, namely those using food stamps.

It's also interesting to note that, apparently, there are some checks on the use of food stamps since the store is enforcing the edict.


Butts said...

If I remember correctly it's some part of the rigging of a sailing ship, a petard that is. I also read somewhere that the saying is often misused but I don't recall the details of how.

SciPunk said...

It was a rhetorical question, but I actually did look it up before posting. A petard is a bomb used to blow up a door. Hoisted on your own petard was to be foiled by your own implement of destruction.