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Look, chuck, chooks

Posted by TheFallen on November 15, 2002

In Reply to: 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.