Friday, July 1, 2011

Rearing or raring?

I JUST FOUND an online headline that said a quarterback was raring to go this fall. I wonder if it's raring to go or rearing to go. In a way, rearing sounds right.

According to the Urban Dictionary, they seem interchangeable.


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1 comment:

  1. Interesting one. I've always known it as "raring to go" but on reflection "rearing" seemed correct. I checked in Chambers which gives "raring" as an adjective meaning, eager, full of enthusiasm, especially in the phrase "raring..." and relates it to the verb "rear"

    I guess it's one of those old forms which survive in a single phrase outside of which they have no application.