• Jabe Stafford

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity!

Chockablock - adj, adv. Also chockerblock, chuckablock. Very full; completely full. 1903 Cape Cod, MA, Chock a block . . .Full; satisfied. “I can’t eat any more; I’m chock a block.” 1916 Macy-Hussey Nantucket Scrap Basket MA, “Chock,” “Chock-full,” “chock-a-block full.” -- are all nauticalisms in general use, but more commonly used among a seafaring people than elsewhere. Often abbreviated to “chock.”

“That was too much pizza, I’m chock-a-block.”

“Moving van’s chockablock. No way we’re fitting that TV in there.”

“The ferry’s at capacity. No more cars. We’re chockablock full.”

“Why don’t they have a burger at a seafood place called the Chock-A-Block burger?”

Please share and comment on today’s Dictomancy and feel free to post your uses for the words in a positive, lighthearted way. Audience participation makes Everyday Wordplay hilarious!

Works Cited

Cassidy, Frederic G. Chief Editor. Dictionary Of American Regional English. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1985. Print.

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