A block of better grammar: Chock vs. choke

You’ve probably gagged if you’ve ever seen these two words mixed up.

To choke is to obstruct or slow something: People choked on the city’s foul stench or The closed lanes created a choke point for traffic.

chock typically refers to a wedge or a block that prevents something from moving: The cement block placed in front of the tire effectively kept the car from rolling down the hill.

An easy trick to for remembering them is a chock stops but a choke slows.


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