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Anne Wallingford, WordSmith

This Week's Scuttlebutt

From Webster's Unabridged Dictionary -

scuttlebutt, n. [from scuttled butt, a butt or cask on shipboard with fresh drinking water]

  • a drinking fountain on shipboard (slang)
  • rumor or gossip (slang)

    The water cooler has long been the casual meeting place where employees pass along snippets of news, gossip, and other interesting stuff about their work or personal interests.

    For many freelancers, the Internet has replaced the water cooler as a casual meeting place. Information flows from person to person; some things are believable, some are unbelievable; some things are serious, some are ridiculous. The 'listener' decides the value of what is heard, the listener decides whether to forget what was heard or pass it along.

    As you travel along on the Internet, feel free to stop at the Scuttlebutt. Take a sip, maybe share some news with the next person, then move on. And speaking of travels, why not take a "ride" with me.... Crunchy Egg Salad

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    Folk Lore, Folk Tales, & Folk Music

    Fiddlers 3
    How the Leopard Became a Panther
    How Some Well-known Customs & Sayings Started
    Ivan, the Gypsy Frog
    Johnny Appleseed
    The Lullaby Preservation League
    Sarah Wilfong - Fiddle Soup
    Types of Folk Music
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    Foods & Culture

    Cooking & Culture
    Cooking & Culture: Recipes
    Dedicated to Jell-o
    Genetically Modified Foods

    Typewriters & Other Mechanical Marvels

    Donating old cell phones
    A Brief History of Typewriters
    Classic Typewriter Classifieds
    The Classic Typewriter Page
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    Typewriter Tales

    Mythology, Cosmology, & Astronomy

    Astronomy Picture of the Day
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    Tuesday, May 10, 2011