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Chalk-full? Or Chock-full?

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Inspiration for this week’s 5 Minute Grammar Lesson comes from none other than…ME!

Chalk-full Or Chock-full ~5 minute grammar lesson


I made this mistake on my blog a couple of weeks ago and a friend was kind enough to point it out. Thanks, Chantal!

In a post I wrote about what to eat when the pantry is empty, I made a remark about something being CHALK-FULL. Turns out, chalk has nothing to do with it (whatever IT is). The expression is CHOCK-FULL. If you can’t take it, don’t dish it, right? 🙂

I did a little googling and can’t find the origin of the expression CHOCK-FULL, but it’s clear that chalk-full is just wrong.

And there you have it. Even know-it-all, self-proclaimed Grammar Queens make mistakes! 😉

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Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. Kay M says

    April 20, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I found this…seems the likely definition and reason…”the first element represents Middle English chokken ‘to cram’, from an Old French word for ‘to thrust’, with the compound thus meaning ‘crammed full’;” from The Maven’s Word of the Day (http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19980122). I understand if you don’t want to post the link. Just thought it might help! It’s not my link anyway!

  2. Kayla Nicole says

    June 20, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I am in the middle of writing a blog post and wanting to use the expression. I originally wrote “chalk full”. As I was proof reading it I wondered if that was correct. So I googled “chalk full” and guess where I landed…HERE! So thank you so entirely much for this post! I am sure you have saved many others the embarrassment. 🙂 Obviously, it could happen to anyone.

  3. wally says

    May 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    It originated as a description for someone being full to the point of choking (choke-full). Then it mutated to chock-full and sometimes even chock-full.

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