Originally Posted by AR
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.
Could it have been a brothel? hotel?