In today’s News & Observer,
Romney’s wife, Ann, in introducing him to the packed house at the Conservative Political Action Conference, came close to an admission, saying that she hoped to see her husband elected. And when Romney, who has been on a nationwide tour, said at one point “if I decide to run for president,” some in the room chortled.
chortle [chôr – tl]
a noun, a snorting, joyful laugh or chuckle.
[combining the words chuckle and snort]
from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice found There by Lewis Carroll