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<   Rerun of No. 1529   Originally published 2007-04-04   >

Comic #1529

1 Dirque: Arrr! The battle be over. Do we be scuttlin' 'er?
2 Long Tom: Aye! Scuttle 'er! Be sendin' 'er to the briny depths! That'll be teachin' Spanish merchants to be crossin' Cap'n Long Tom Short!
3 [sound]: Chop! Chop! Chop! {the crew chop into the bottom deck of the merchantman with axes}
4 Long Tom: {angrily} Be transferrin' the booty to our ship first!!

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All I want to say is that those are really big axes to be wielding one-handed.

2017-02-19 Rerun commentary: "Scuttle" is a cool verb. It's one of those verbs that you can only apply to one very specific type of subject, namely a ship. You can't scuttle a friend, or a nice meal, or your cat, or a telephone booth, or a sunrise. If you wanna do some scuttling, you gotta get yourself a ship.

Another cool related word, a noun this time, is scuttlebutt. Originally, this was a cask on a ship used to serve drinking water to the crew. But the crew used to hang around the water supply and exchange gossip, so the word "scuttlebutt" also came to refer in slang usage to gossip and rumour.

I propose that we all start using the word "scuttlebutt" to refer to the office water cooler from now on. Just drop it into casual conversation. "Hey Bill, I'm going to the scuttlebutt. Want me to refill your glass?"

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