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What does Scuttlebutt mean?

Definition of “Scuttlebutt

1 a: a cask on shipboard to contain fresh water for a day’s use; b: a drinking fountain on a ship or at a naval or marine installation

2: rumour; gossip

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Scuttlebutt, the Water Cooler Talk of 19th Century Seafarers

Nowadays, office workers catch up on the latest scuttlebutt around the water cooler, and when they do, they are continuing a long-standing (although not necessarily honorable) tradition. That kind of gossip sharing probably also occurred on the sailing ships of yore. Back in the early 1800s, the cask containing a ship’s daily supply of freshwater was called a scuttlebutt; that name was later applied to a drinking fountain on a ship or at a naval installation. By the early 20th century, the term for the water source was also applied to the gossip and rumors generated around it, and the latest chatter has been called scuttlebutt ever since.

(info above from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary)

2 Comments

  1. Carleen Hone

    Nice Pictures!

  2. Ren

    Fantastic! Can’t wait to hear the stories. Happy sailing!

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