I think most people would guess that the word "lobbyist" stems from those who advocated various positions waiting in a lobby somewhere for politicians to show up to buttonhole and jawbone.
If you think that, you're absolutely. . .right.
The question is, what specific lobby was so popular for this purpose that it became the genesis of the word?
Washingtonians please hold off answering. Let's give others a chance.
"In a world where everyone is a publisher, no one is an editor. We have entered a time where a writer's first idea is his best idea." --Scott Pelley, CBS News