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scuttlebutt (SKUT-l-but) noun
1. Rumor, gossip.
2. A drinking fountain or a cask of drinking water on a ship.
[From scuttle (a small opening in the deck or hull of a ship) + butt (cask). Also see furphy.]
"Elliott Teaford, hockey columnist for the Los Angeles Times:
Toronto, with four dailies, three all-sports TV channels and a
24-hour all-sports radio station, is a veritable breeding ground
"Broadcasters were the day's poorest-performing group after a rumor swept
trading desks that Standard & Poor's planned to downgrade the debt of
Comcast. An S&P spokeswoman declined to comment on the scuttlebutt,
but investors acted like it could be a possibility and sold off the
This week's theme: words from the word game Derivation.
Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance. -Samuel Butler, writer (1835-1902)