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Spurred/spurned to action

Posted by ESC on August 31, 2005

In Reply to: Spurred/spurned to action posted by Brian in Michigan on August 31, 2005

: Would anyone confirm if it is "spurned to action" or "spurred to action"? In looking into definitions, one may logically conclude that "spurred" is more appropriate... however, I am guilty of using the former (spurned) and find that the transitive verb definition may also be appropriate. If anyone knows the origin or would be able to clarify this, I would greatly appreciate it.

I vote for "spurred to action." Unless one is a woman scorned, then it might be "spurned to action."