petard = small bomb in english, but the above in french, i just found out.
there is a great sanskrit verse about the various flavors of 'released intestinal gases' (ok, let's not be coy: farts) in sanskrit. i forget the rest of it, but the last one sticks in my mind:
that is, the silent ones are deadly! :-)
does anybody remember the rest?
ps. turns out the old indo-european language has a root for 'fart'! clearly this has been a recognized sport for very long. unlike an age-old spectator sport like woman-watching (much enhanced by the advent of the bikini), spectators (or should i say olfactors?) have a very hard time with the sport of petarding.