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Literal meaningPlay
Scum refers to actual physical dirt on liquids like water or soup. SlideYou'll need to skim the scum off the top of the boiling broth.
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Cleaning contextPlay
Scum is often mentioned when discussing cleaning fish tanks, ponds, or cooking pots. SlideAfter the fish tank was cleaned, there was no scum left.
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Negative perceptionPlay
When 'scum' refers to dirt, it suggests neglect or unclean conditions. SlideThe bathtub is filthy with soap scum.