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#1 2012-12-03 12:18:34

Registered: 2008-07-02
Posts: 15

Chalked full

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.



#2 2012-12-03 14:00:47

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1251

Re: Chalked full

Roony, your post got me wandering around in the Eggcorn catacombs. I leaned on a wall and it opened onto this post from Language Log’s Mark Liberman. In there he unearths multiple versions of chock-full: Chock, choke, chuck, check, chalk, jock, shock, and chog. The forum itself is chalked full: chalk full, chalk full, and then entered into the Database.

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. … ol-15.html

Chug is listed as a variant of chock in East Alabama.

The process of videoing the girls in the old church was chug full of interesting tidbits-and symbolism from start to finish.
Blog from Southern Appalachia, with wonderful sound track

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 … 22&f=false

The air was jug-full of confused ducks and geese … 22&f=false

not too long ago this board was jug full of people making arses of themselves. … _texas.ini



#3 2012-12-03 17:57:12

Registered: 2008-07-02
Posts: 15

Re: Chalked full

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.



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