Chocolate

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This is one of the 117 mis-spellings listed as 'Common difficulties' in the section on 'Spelling' within 'Writing' in UEfAP.


The word chocolate is spelled thus, with two '-o-'s and three syllables, + a silent '-e'. (It is usually pronounced with two syllables, 'CHOCK-lit'. IPA: /ˈtʃɒk lət/.

Etymological note: chocolate, the popular flavouring for sweets in the modern world, is derived from the pre-Conquest Mexican chocolatl, prepared (both by early Central Americans and modern people worldwide) from the seeds of the cacao (or 'cocoa') tree, Theobroma Cacao. The great taxonomist Linnaeus gave the cacao plant, which produces the raw material for chocolate, the name Theobroma cacao, deriving the first word from the Greek θεός (theos), meaning 'god', and βρῶμα (broma), meaning 'food', suggesting that cocoa is the food of the gods. Who can disagree?