One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In biblical use, and allusions to this: a group of people despised and cast aside like rubbish; scum, riff-raff. Occasionally in singular: a worthless or contemptible person.
2Filth or defilement cleaned off and thrown away; refuse, rubbish, dregs.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in The New Testament. From off- + scouring.
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