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4 comments on this post.
  1. Paul:

    Proper balance of ocean going vessels is a big deal in the nautical world. Could the original “lapsided” describe a ship so poorly balanced it’s especially vulnerable to wave action?

    Of course, it all hinges on my guess that a lapping wave could mean or have meant engulfment of a vessel by a wave.

  2. Tree Loppers Brisbane:

    So lop applied to trees means they are lop sided?

  3. CC:

    Pre 20thC – The head of a tennis racket used to be curved, and this was called the ‘lop’ side

  4. Greg bedford:

    What about the carpentry term “shiplap,” that refers to one board laying over the other?

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