The Water Cooler, old-fashioned style

Aren’t words fascinating? “Scuttlebutt” is a word that I’ve heard used for years, but never knew how it originated.

scuttlebutt SKUHT-l-buht, noun:

1. A drinking fountain on a ship.
2. A cask on a ship that contains the day’s supply of drinking water.
3. Informal. Gossip; rumor.

Scuttlebutt comes from scuttle, “a small opening” + butt, “a large cask” — that is, a small hole cut into a cask or barrel to allow individual cups of water to be drawn out. The modern equivalent is the office water cooler, also a source of refreshment and gossip.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Comments

  1. Mocha with Linda says:

    I love word origins!

  2. where’s my post? not writing the whole post out again lol you missed a typo mods