May 25 2012, 5:21am
my brief research, champing is the original word and chomping is an American variant. Interestingly enough, "chomp" is not listed in the 1828 version of Webster's American Dictionary so clearly it hadn't reached common use status at that point.
So yes, they mean the same thing, but the original phrase predates "chomp" and so "champ" is correct.
"Of all faces those of our familiares are the ones both most difficult to play fantastic tricks with, and most difficult really to see with fresh attention. They have become like the things which once attracted us by their glitter, or their colour, or their shape, and we laid hands on them, and then locked them in our hoard, acquired them, and acquiring ceased to look at them.
Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else [make something new], may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds. The gems all turn into flowers or flames, and you will be warned that all you had (or knew) was dangerous and potent, not really effectively chained, free and wild; no more yours than they were you." -On Fairy Stories
(This post was edited by Silverlode on May 25 2012, 5:23am)