is a portmanteau
" and "alcoholism
," referring to an addiction
to chocolate. Some connoisseurs
of chocolate claim to suffer from this "condition" and describe themselves as chocoholics.
A thorough etymology of the word exhibits most possible morphological processes
- chocoholism is a portmanteau of two English words chocolate and alcoholism. It is not a compound because it is made up of the meaningless segments cho(co) and (co)holism.
- alcoholism is derived from the noun alcohol and the derivational suffix -ism
- alcohol as "liquor" is the result of a semantic shift from the original meaning, signifying a fine powder
- alcohol as fine powder is a borrowing from the Arabic al-kuhul, the fine metallic powder
- al-kuhul is derived from the root kuhul and the definite inflectional prefix al-
- chocolate is borrowed from Nahuatl xococlatl
- xococlatl is a compound of two Nahuatl words, xococ bitter and atl. Clearly, there has been a semantic shift somewhere along the way here as well.
Chocolate contains a variety of substances, several of which are addictive
(such as caffeine
--in trace quantities). These include:
Pleasure of consuming
Part of the pleasure of eating chocolate is due to the fact that its melting point
is slightly below human body temperature, therefore melting in the mouth.