Wiktionary:Word of the day/2023/September 19

Word of the day
for September 19
scuttlebutt n
  1. (countable, nautical) Originally (now chiefly historical), a cask with a hole cut into its top, used to provide drinking water on board a ship; now (by extension, informal), a drinking fountain on a modern ship.
  2. (uncountable, originally US, nautical slang) Gossip, idle chatter; also, rumour.

scuttlebutt v (slang)

  1. (transitive, rare) To spread (information) by way of gossip or rumour.
  2. (intransitive) To chat idly or gossip; also, to spread rumours.

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, a parodic holiday invented in 1995 by John Baur (‘Ol’ Chumbucket’) and Mark Summers (‘Cap’n Slappy’), of Albany, Oregon, USA.

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