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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 20th August 2017
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scuttlebutt (noun) SKUT-ul-but

Rumour, gossip; drinking water fountain (on a ship).

Every now and again one or another of them, choked with the dust, went to get a draft of lukewarm water from the scuttlebutt.

Cutcliffe Hyne, A Master of Fortune. Amazon

According to the scuttlebutt among Tory MPs, Michael Howard only returned to the Shadow Cabinet because he couldn't find a sufficiently rewarding job in the City.

Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer, 2 November 2003. [url=Andrew Rawnsley]The Observer[/url]

One view is that the scuttlebutt originates from someone who covets the Spectator editorship, and was bitter when "Three Jobs" Johnson did not relinquish it on becoming an MP.

Unattributed, The Guardian, 1 July 2002. Guardian

Scuttlebutt holds that not all tourists - especially the Japanese, whose national school curriculum includes ''Anne of Green Gables'' - recognize that Anne is a fictional character.

James Ledbetter, The New York Times, 16 August 2002.
New York Times

Courtyards tell the story of the evolution of urban Hungary. From the 19th century through World War II, maids and housewives congregated here to use the rug beaters (wooden contraptions that can still be seen) and pass the scuttlebutt.

Alexandra Shelley, The New York Times, 22 July 1990. New York Times

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