Though, as if things were not hard enough, Madge and her husband had raised trouble; they did not see why they should receive the offscourings
of Howards End.
The Fuwalda, a barkentine of about one hundred tons, was a vessel of the type often seen in coastwise trade in the far southern Atlantic, their crews composed of the offscourings
of the sea--unhanged murderers and cutthroats of every race and every nation.
Ames warned New Englanders that the future of the nation would be decided by "three fifths of the ancient dominion, and the offscourings
of Europe." (52)
From the California!] Papers I suspect the Caledonian diggings possess the offscourings
of the other gold mines, so they must be a pretty ruffianly lot.
of literary culture, simultaneously echoing and emptying
Venables was given the offscourings
of the army, and when he condemned part of the food provided for the soldiers at Portsmouth, the contractors would not replace it, assuring him that fresh food could be got at Barbados.
There is not active killing, but simply a matter of offscourings
which must be thrown across the boundaries or over the cliffs, never to return.
The word referring to these people (pharmakoi) is usually rendered into English as "scapegoats" or "offscourings
." As to the origins of the English term "scapegoat," according to Jacob Bronowski, it "is an invention of Tindale's Bible.
Political freedom we had won; but the problem of helpless poverty, grown vast with the added offscourings
of the Old World, mocked us, unsolved.