hawk » hock
Spotted in the wild:
- I wonder if they’ve changed the time of year of the sale — I certainly don’t recall that the little lasses had to freeze themselves for their cause, hocking cookies outside of supermarkets in the middle of the *winter*. (soc.motss, Jan 19, 1999)
- Most of these courses are simply recruiting grounds for the various academic departments — storefront windows where they hock their wares to wide-eyed freshmen and sophomores, trying desperately to convince them that what they have to offer is more valuable and useful than what’s being sold next door. (Univ. of Michigan Review, Mar 31, 1999)
- He usually heads out to his “home base” in the U-district, although he occasionally goes up to Capitol Hill to hock his wares on Broadway. (Univ. of Washington Daily, Nov 29, 1999)
- He’s hocking some video tape on his website. (rec.aviation.piloting, Aug 9, 2000)
- Even the street venders have relocated to Flushing, Queens to hock their wares. (NYU Portfolio, May 12, 2003)
Hawk ‘to offer for sale (by calling out in the street)’ and hock ‘to pawn’, though not etymologically related, are semantically close enough to make this a relatively common eggcorn.
Note also that hawk in the sense of ‘cough up phlegm’ (as in hawk a loogie) often appears in the form of hock (see David Wilton’s Wordorigins).