Re: Anticipatory backfire

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Thu Nov 08 2001 - 21:39:21 MST

> From: Mitchell Porter
> >is there a name for dangers or catastrophes which are brought about
> as a result of an attempt to anticipate and defend against them?<

"Hoist on his own petard." Shakespeare used the phrase referring
to a guy who made something analogous to a landmine, then
managed to blow himself up with it. I am going on 25 yr old memory
here, so any Shakespearean types are welcome to jump in and
save me from being hoist upon my own petard. spike

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