Rooting for your team

Posted by R. Berg on September 27, 2003

In Reply to: Rooting for your team posted by Lotg on September 26, 2003

: Can anyone tell me how this term came about? As far as I'm aware it's an American term, and we would definitely not say this in Australia, as it would imply that you're having sex with someone for your team.

: So why the term 'root', when barracking for a team?

American Heritage Dictionary says "Perhaps from 'root,' to dig with the snout."