Word of the day

The word for today is…

scuttlebutt (noun) – 1. (Nautical) a). A cask on a ship used to hold the day’s supply of drinking water.
b). A drinking fountain on a ship.
2. (Slang) Gossip; rumour.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1805, “cask of drinking water kept on a ship’s deck, having a hole (scuttle) cut in it for a cup or dipper,” from scuttle “opening in a ship’s deck” + butt “barrel.” Earlier scuttle cask (1777). Meaning “rumour, gossip” first recorded 1901, originally nautical slang, traditionally said to be from the sailors’ custom of gathering around the scuttlebutt to gossip.


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