Facebook: "get out of _hawk_"

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 1 01:19:16 UTC 2014

We had a thread related to this back in July 2002 when I posted on a new
business that had opened in Muncie, IN, the Muncie Hawk Shop.  This is a
cot/caught merger area, and my first assumption was that the spelling was
due to that merger.  However, someone else on the list checked further and
found that the shop owner had intentionally named it as he had.  Apparently
he'd had a felony conviction and so was not bondable and couldn't get a
pawnbroker's license.  So he named the place "Hawk Shop" instead of "Hock
Shop."  The shop closed up about a year later and, the last I knew, had
relocated forty-five miles NW to Marion, but he kept the name "Hawk Shop."


On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 3:34 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Subject:      Facebook: "get out of _hawk_"
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> Writer is from "Portland." Thanks to Fb's weird implementation of
> "privacy," I'd have to friend this guy to find out where Portland is.
> Since I distinguish between "cot" and "caught," I didn't immediately
> understand WTF he was trying to say.
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