Hocking / Hawking

This appeared in an article in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine: “Hocking my clinical wares like a Toyota dealer felt bizarre. . . .”

The author meant “hawking,” of course.

Street peddlers are hawkers. They hawk the stuff they have for sale—their wares.

In American English, the most common use of “hock” as a verb is to mean “pawn.”

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