Late Middle English: changed by association with Hodge.
hotchpotch from Late Middle English:
In the late Middle Ages English acquired the word hotchpot for ‘a confused mixture’. It came from French hochepot, which was formed from hocher ‘to shake’ and pot ‘pot’. Hotchpot is still used in English law in the context of joining together all of a dead person's property so that it can be divided equally. In its everyday sense, though, people quickly changed it to hotchpotch, so that the elements rhymed for emphasis. The same rhyming impulses then changed it to hodgepodge, now mainly used in North America.
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