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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 14th August 2018
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scuzz (noun) SKUZ

Dirt, something seedy or distasteful, an unpleasant, contemptible or worthless person.

In a world of grifters and irredeemable scuzz-bags, Bernie stands as a secular saint, the martyr whose bottomless suffering allows the whole rotten system to function.

Jonathan Romney, The Independent, 20 June 2004. The Independent

The crime caper Welcome to Collinwood mixes familiar ingredients (a bunch of bungling crooks, a "perfect" bank job) in an unfamiliar setting (rust-belt Cleveland), and pans a little bit of gold from the scuzz.

Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 25 April 2003. The Independent

Starting at 10.42pm on a tube station platform a week before Christmas, and ending the following morning at 7.38 next to a postbox, the book chronicles Kenny's dark night of the soul as he circles the skyscrapers and scuzz around the Isle of Dogs in the East End of London.

Unattributed, The Telegraph, 16 July 2006, The Telegraph
reviewing Anne Cassidy's The Story of My Life. Amazon

At one point, I looked behind the refrigerator, at the coils, and what I saw was not meant to be seen by human eyes. It was scuzz growing on more scuzz.

Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post, 5 November 2006. Washington Post

Tom kisses his wife, Amy (Catherine Keener), and baby daughter goodbye and goes in search of scuzz and filth. He finds it in Hollywood's underworld of pornography.

Desson Howe, Washington Post, 26 February 1999 . Washington Post

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