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|GUEST,Stephen R.||Folklore: The word 'scut' (49)||RE: Folklore: The word 'scut'||12 Jun 07|
The scuttle-butt was the barrel that held drinking water back in the days of wooden ships, corresponding to the office water cooler. Those who could take a break hung out there for a while, and it was a prime locus for picking up the latest rumor. Hence "scuttle-butt" in the sense of inside information or allegedly inside information. It was and is notoriously hard to keep secrets on a ship.