Making mistakes – Hoisted by my own petard 1 linerweds



There is no good or bad but thinking makes it so,Horatio



Ever made any mistakes?

I didn’t think so. I expect nothing less from my readers.

Faultless human beings.

Myself,however, I am made entirely out of mistakes.


How I made them mine

Over a long period of time, I learned to make them mine.

Whenever I make one I say ‘hoisted’ or my wife often beats me to the punchline.

It comes from the Shakespeare quote :

Hoisted by his own petard 

Hoist with his own petard; and ’t shall go hard

But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon. O, ’tis most sweet
When in one line two crafts directly meet.

— Prince Hamlet, in Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4 


A petard is a small bomb. So in the scene in Hamlet the guy is hoisted or blown up by his own device. So the phrase is used usually used when pointing out the error of someone else’s mistake.

I use it to highlight my own mistakes.

I shortened it to ‘hoisted’ as it saves a lot of time.

That way no-one can play the hoisted card at me and I can make as many mistakes as I want and nobody can do anything about it.




It’s a nice way of admitting a mistake,moving on.

Most of all avoiding that awful egoistical thing, you often have to do in workplaces around the world – avoid admitting mistakes at all cost.

I have also heard but can’t bring myself to believe that you’re only supposed to make the same mistakes once.

Ridiculous right?

I love making the same mistakes.

It’s funny to start with, it gets funnier – look at this idiot making the same mistakes.

Then it stops being funny – I keep making the mistakes.

Then,for some reason, it gets funny again.

I think I have cornered the market on the humour of desperation.

This is another go at 1liner weds you can read the other posts at the link.


23 thoughts on “Making mistakes – Hoisted by my own petard 1 linerweds

  1. We had various names for it in writing groups. Invariably, when correcting someone’s spelling or grammar, one was guaranteed to make an error in the post. This was especially true if you were doing it to be hostile.

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