[Ads-l] Another "chalk full" sighting

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 16 21:34:26 EDT 2021


Actually, it’s a result of the Northern Cities Vowel Shift described in detail by Labov and many others, and a clash between those in the relevant dialect and those not.


> On Sep 16, 2021, at 12:49 AM, Tom Zurinskas <truespel at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> It's awe-dropping going both ways.  Some folks say the word "chalk" as "chock"  So when they hear "Chock full" they think they hear "chalk full" and will write "chalk full".
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> Tom Zurinskas,  Originally from SW Conn 20 yrs,  college NE Tenn 3,  work SE NJ  33,  resides SE Florida 18...  truespel.com
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> I just came across a claim on Quora that the Puritans’ ships were “chalk full of alcohol” (see the Eggcorn Database entry at https://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/945/chalked/). Hopefully they also brought some cans of that Chalk Full O’ Gnats heavenly coffee on board too to help them sober up.
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