Scuttle is an Anglo-Saxon word for small hole and the butt refers to the barrel or cask that the fresh water was kept in onboard ship. The barrel was scuttled in its side so that it could not be filled to the top and thus rationing the water. The scuttlebutt was were sailors would line up to get their water ration and so became a place to exchange gossip and news. In America the word is still used to mean sailors gossip today.
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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