"chocked full" (for the eggcorn files)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Feb 11 21:00:32 UTC 2005

At 12:21 PM -0800 2/11/05, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>On Feb 11, 2005, at 8:50 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>In a letter of recommendation, a well-known linguist whose anonymity
>>will be shielded here writes that a certain student maintains a web
>>site "chocked full" of linguistic curiosities.  Checking on google, I
>>find 39,400 hits for "chocked full", but it seems clear from the
>>sources I checked (or chocked) that this can only be a reanalysis of
>>"chock-full", which has been around since the 18th and possibly even
>>the 15th c...
>Language Log posting by Mark Liberman on some variants of "chock full",
>   http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001359.html
>response by me, with "chocked full", 8/19/04:
>   http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001363.html
>(with reference back to an ADS posting of mine on 4/29/04)

Aha.  Should have known.  Well, now I can wonder about why the number
of google hits has more than doubled from 18.7K to 39.4K from your
search to mine.  Either the eggcorn hadn't completely hatched, or all
those new 21K instances just needed those 9 months of gestation.


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