Classic Usage: Hawthorne uses this word twice in The Custom-House. In case you chose not to read the introductory material, and who could blame you, Hawthorne claims to have found the actual embroidered A as well as documents written by Mr. Surveyor Pue about the account. From these he was inspired to write The Scarlet Letter. Here’s how he describes it, “With his own ghostly voice, he had exhorted me, on the sacred consideration of my filial duty and reverence towards him, . . to bring his mouldy and moth-eaten lucubrations before the public.”
Classically Mad Usage: This isn’t just a blog, it’s the lucubration of our lucubrations.