furphy 3 aussie slang definitions

Furphy
Also spelt, furfie: a false or an unreliable rumour or a yarn. [bull shit]
furphy
noun a rumor; Derived from the battle fields of World War I, where rumors seems to follow the water carts which were manufactured in Australia by the Furphy company. The US Navy term: “scuttlebutt” also defines a water keg as well as a rumor. Aboard ship was the water keg, where seamen would at times pass on the latest rumors and news amongst each other as they took time to refresh themselves with a drink. (It just goes to show you, if you give men breaks together, they’ll sooner or later will be gossiping and starting rumors amongst their co-workers and friends, just like a bunch of clucking hens.)
furphy
Wild rumour.