Classical Usage: I would have expected to find this word in Moby-Dick, but nope, here we are in Rouen watching Léon and Emma get “reaquainted.” In fact he didn’t exactly remember all the good times they had, like the suppers following fancy-dress balls, with the girls costumed as stevedores.
Classically Mad Usage: Okay, I don’t plan on using stevedores any time soon in any sort of entertaining way, so I’m just going to take this time to ask: What???? Girls dressed like shipyard dudes who unload freight?? Is this the French version of the French maids costume? What on earth is this about? Or don’t I want to know?