NYC Peeps: Where did Ock come from?

Dec 4, 2011
I’m referring to the ocks in bodegas. Where did the word originate from? My friends and I are having a debate. Did it come from the fact that bodega guys are usually Muslim so everyone is Ahmed, and the word is derived from the way people incorrectly pronounce the name (Ahckmed)…or did it come from the Arabic word for brother: Akhi?

Disclaimer: not from nyc! Lol
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