Posted by Word Camel on June 03, 2003
In Reply to: No sign of that phrase... posted by Shae on June 03, 2003
: : : I have never heard this saying before and I was hoping someone could shed some light on it for me. This girl I know claims she is always "Searching for that golden ring". What exactly does that mean? Thanks.
: : ...in the books I have or on the internet. I suspect it may be a corruption of the phrase, 'reaching for the brass ring", which refers to the practice of reaching from the carrousel while it is moving to grab a brass ring suspended by its side. The prize for grabbing the brass ring was usually a free ride.
: : It means to strive for something just out of reach. I think it hints that the think may not be as valuable as it appears. Brass is shiny like gold but isn't valuable.
: : For an extensive discussion of this, jousting and other only semi-related but interesting things, see the link below:
: Could it mean that she's searching for a husband? Golden ring = wedding ring?
ahh... How quaint and old fashioned. *grin*