Was the name for a bucket half filled with water into which sailor's discarded cigarettes when the smoking lamp was lighted.
A natural place for conversations.
Thus the term "skuttlebutt" now applies to the information that was available in the pipeline, no matter the source or accuracy.
I was always able to be a source but my accuracy was always in question.
I am happy to continue in that tradition.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson