Yeah, hell, hayseed I am I always thought it was called a "choke" because it cut down on the amount of air entering the mix, thus making it richer.
I may be wrong, but I think back in the day I learned to "set the choke" on a carbureted vehicle by quickly depressing the gas pedal all the way to the floor and releasing it before trying to start it when it was cold.
There used to be kind of an art to starting a carbureted vehicle and if you were a stooge and did it wrong, you wound up flooded and were kind of screwed for awhile. I think the last vehicle I owned with a manual choke was a '68 Dodge pickup and I'm not sure if the arrangement was factory or something added by a previous owner. It always worked, tho.