hw gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 2 05:14:35 UTC 2013


lout; a stupid, rude or awkward person
About the Word:
Loblolly was originally a British word for

"a thick gruel."

Riffing on this, apparently, Americans later used the word to refer to
an ugly, boggy mess.

I know this word only as the name of a dish that small chirren were
allowed to make by themselves, down home in Marshall. You take a sweet
baked good like cookies, crumble them into a bowl, pour in milk, and
stir until you have a kind of thick, cookies-and-milk "mud." This
result was called a "loblolly."

There being no obvious connection between this dish and the pine tree,
it's a relief to discover that the word once named another dish.


All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to come
from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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