Friday, February 06, 2015

Full Of Nuts

Deadline Hollywood has become a top online source of show biz information, but its editing leaves something to be desired.  For instance, a piece on limited releases this weekend starts thus:

The weekend is chalk full of new Specialty releases, though most will likely be low performers in terms of dollars at the box office.

"Chalk full"? The weekend will be full of chalk?  My guess is writer Brian Brooks liked the phrase and figured he knew there was a word "chalk" but had never heard of "chock" so the former must be correct.

It's simple--if you don't know how to spell it, look it up.  If you're too lazy, try another phrase.  Is it that hard? (Though for all I know, he wrote chock and his spell check program told him to go with chalk.)

And who knows? Maybe in ten years this will be the correct spelling.  "Straightjacket" seems to be catching on, so why shouldn't we spell words in ways that seem familiar to us?  I once had a friend who wrote "fullproof" for "foolproof" and for all I know that'll be okay soon.


Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Bah. Chockablock with nonsense. Next thing you'll be all about originalism.

3:17 AM, February 06, 2015  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't thinking the mistakes are more prevalent- people have always been confused about sound alike words and phrases for which the origin is not as well known as it could be. Also alternate spellings can play into other beliefs. You can sort of think of someone in a "straight jacket" being restrained in a stiff position. "Birds of Pray" no doubt led folks to think of eagles as holy warriors.

3:30 AM, February 06, 2015  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Must . . . not . . . be . . . bated . . .

3:46 AM, February 06, 2015  
Anonymous Denver Guy said...

This post peaked my interest. Low and behold, just because someone is called a journalist, he feels he has free reign to flaunt the rules of English writing? I take it for granite that the writer had an editor who apparently missed this fragrant error as well! Of course, Columbus Guy is chomping at the bit to demand so-called blogs tow the line, with no holes barred!

10:37 AM, February 06, 2015  
Blogger LAGuy said...

Pretty good, though I'd have to say that chomping has pretty much won out over champing. And I've seen free reign (what is it about horse metaphors?) so often that it just might make it.

11:17 AM, February 06, 2015  
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