What is “scuttlebutt”?

VazAccording to a newspaper press report, solicitors acting for Keith Vaz MP have written to Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen accusing him of “maliciously spreading false and highly defamatory scuttlebutt” about Mr Vaz.

Many of us will be confused about the word “scuttlebutt” and wonder what on earth that word means. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a simple definition of “scuttlebutt” means: “talk or stories about someone that may not be true”.

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About Dr Peter Jepson

I am the editor of this LawsBlog. On the 31st August 2014, I retired as Head of the Department of Social Sciences at Strode's College, Egham, Surrey. In that post I was responsible for the subject areas of Laws, Politics, Sociology, and Humanities. Prior to that, also at Strode's College, I managed Laws, Politics, Citizenship, the AQA Baccalaureate, and the Extended Project Qualification.
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