Posted by TheFallen on November 15, 2002
In Reply to: Re: Terms of endearment, chuck. posted by ESC on November 15, 2002
: : I never really wondered why people in Yorkshire use "chuck" as a term of endearment in the same way I never wondered about why "luv" or "duck" were used in the same way. Well now I know. I was reading MacBeth last night (I think I can say the name since I'm not an actor) and discovered MacBeth referring to his wife as "chuck". I wondered if maybe her name was Charlotte - but no. "Chuck" is an old way of saying the word "chick".
: : So apologies in advance if everyone already knew this. I just though it was interesting.
: : Camel
: I did not know that. Very interesting.
In Yorkshire, and in Lancashire too, chuck is indeed a term of endearment as MsCamel points out. It's pronounced to rhyme with "look", and it's worth noting that there's a homonym, "chook", which means, yes you've guessed it... chicken.