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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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Common Errors in English Usage
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