The home missions class furnished the inspiration for it, and called it "scum o' the Earth," an impromptu immigration pageant.
scum like you has ter come ter the mark sooner or later, and come yer have.
scum from both sides, just out like buzzards to pick up what they could.
"scum of the earth, most of them," he said, his plain face glowing.
It was a fatal day for scum when its mad inhabitants blew out the last of the candles that had promised to give them light.
On scum exist the lowest conditions of life found in any stellar world.
scum it off with your spoon, and lay it in anotherPage 117 dish.
Let the libertine of our world go to the world of scum where he belongs, or rise to the dignity of man whose image he bears.
The inhabitants of scum are divided into many warring tribes, and it is fearful to see the conflicts that take place.
The nobler people of scum are banding together with the avowed purpose of bringing back the light of culture and refinement.
early 14c. (implied in scummer "shallow ladle for removing scum"), from Middle Dutch schume "foam, froth," from Proto-Germanic *skuma- (cf. Old Norse skum, Old High German scum, German Schaum "foam, froth"), perhaps from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)).
Sense deteriorated from "thin layer atop liquid" to "film of dirt," then just "dirt." Meaning "lowest class of humanity" is 1580s; scum of the Earth is from 1712. Adopted in Romanic, cf. Old French escume, Modern French écume, Spanish escuma, Italian schiuma.