Metapost: Itâ€™s *champing* at the bit.
Submitted by El Santo on January 12, 2009 - 19:37
I was reading an article on ESPN.com lately, and I came across this phrase:
Fans in Calgary canâ€™t really be chomping at the bit to see the New York Islanders, can they?
To which my mind immediately said, â€œNo, no, no, itâ€™s champing at the bit, you ignoramus hockey reporter!â€ And immediately I was ashamed.
Yes, â€œchamping at the bitâ€ is the actual correct usage, since â€œchamp,â€ as a verb, means â€œto bite or chew, especially noisily or impatiently.â€ And why do I know this? Because Brad Guigar (Evil Inc.) casually mentioned this little fact on a Webcomic Weekly episode. And now this little detail will bother me to no end, driving me crazy, bit by bit, like Chinese water torture.
Curse you, Guigar! You are truly EVIL INCORPORATED!
(Also, now I canâ€™t hear â€œchamping at the bitâ€ without also hearing it done in Dave Kellettâ€™s (Sheldon Comics) mock-Midwestern accent.)