John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC


   \HUCK-ster\ hawker, peddler

Hawkers, peddlers, and hucksters of those three words—hawker, peddler, and huckster—the one that has been around the longest in English is huckster. It has been with us for over 800 years, and it derives from the Middle Dutch word hokester, which in turn comes from the verb hoeken, meaning "to peddle." Peddler (or pedlar) was first attested in the 14th century, and the pertinent sense of hawker has only been appearing in English texts since the early 1500s.

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