Tuesday, October 12, 2010

British Word of the Day

1. Squeezed together; jammed: The cheering fans were chock-a-block in the stands.
2. Completely filled; stuffed: "I recommend the north shore chowder, chockablock with pieces of seasonal fish" (Charles Monaghan).
3. Nautical Drawn so close as to have the blocks touching. Used of a ship's hoisting tackle.

Judith swallowed a yawn while her already tired brain, chock-a-block with the night's problems, struggled to formulate a suitable answer.

This is not strictly a Brit word, per se, but Betty uses it lavishly where an American writer probably could not. It would be more common to say 'chock full' but, sheesh, that's not as much fun.

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