I subscribe to a word a day post from Wordsmith and I laughed when the word ‘loblolly’ came up the other day. I must be one of few people who are very familiar with that word thanks to reading the Master and Commander and Horatio Hornblower series of books by Patrick O’ Brian and C.S Forester respectively. I am fascinated by naval warfare in the 18th and 19th centuries. A loblolly is an assistant to a ship’s surgeon and was characterized by Padeen in the Master and Commander books.
One I was not familiar with though was mayhap. Not sure whether I will ever use it but will file it in my back pocket in case the opportunity ever arises
Bing West; Bold in battle, Wily in Washington; The Washington Post; Nov 25, 2012.