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Chris -- 2011-03-08
In the NY Times Dec 3 in a comment to Paul Krugman’s column by Dan Green: “Corporations are not chalked full of social workers.” The last widely visible use of the correct or common version—“chock full” was in the name of a coffee that’s apparently less prominent than it once was.
Roony, your post got me wandering around in the Eggcorn catacombs. I leaned on a wall and it opened onto . In there he unearths multiple versions of chock-full: Chock, choke, chuck, check, chalk, jock, shock, and chog. The forum itself is chalked full: , , and then entered into the .
Let’s bring that list up to date a bit. I liked this version from chug-a-lug territory:
deliciously lush house track chug-full of repetitive keys and bass.
http://www.beatsandbeyond.com/archives/ … ol-15.html
Here’s another logical reimagination: jug full. The first two hits are the same perp, 3 years apart.
The creek was jug-full of salmon
http://books.google.ca/books?id=x4lnvOW … 22&f=false
The air was jug-full of confused ducks and geese
http://books.google.ca/books?id=pg2pDaF … 22&f=false
not too long ago this board was jug full of people making arses of themselves.
http://www.wmi.org/multi_boards/doc.asp … _texas.ini
Thanks, David—I see that I was a latecomer here on this. I haven’t looked up the actual derivation (if known) of chock-full; it seemed somehow obvious to me—but no doubt so did “jug full” down in Texas, and actually has a more transparent claim.