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Entry from May 26, 2014
“Excrement living on increment”

British writer and journalist Hugh Kingsmill (1889-1949) once described the old pensioners living at a seaside hotel as “excrement living on increment.” The infrequently used expression “excrement living off/on increment” describes any undesirable person living on the government dole (or on unearned income, such as investments).


Wikipedia: Hugh Kingsmill
Hugh Kingsmill Lunn (21 November 1889 – 15 May 1949), who dropped his last name for professional purposes, was a versatile British writer and journalist. Writers Arnold Lunn and Brian Lunn were his brothers.

Google Books
About Kingsmill
By Hesketh Pearson and Malcolm Muggeridge
London: Methuen
1951
Pg. 56:
Hughie once described them aptly as “ excrement living on increment,” and we never failed to be diverted by the spectacle of Lythe watching them as they waddled into a meal like a herd of cows making for new pasture.

Google Books
Hugh Kingsmill, a Critical Biography
By Michael Holroyd
London: Unicorn Press
1964
Pg. 15:
The Albany was an old-fashioned establishment, patronized by an elderly and often decrepit clientele. Kingsmill described them once, with some acerbity, as excrement living on increment.

Google Books
God’s Apology:
A Chronicle of Three Friends

By Richard Ingrams
Newton Abbot: Readers Union
1978, ©1977
Pg. 113:
The hotel, situated on the sea front, had a clientele consisting of the elderly and affluent whom Kingsmill once described as ‘excrement living on increment’.

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He came to the conclusion that, uh, as uh, Hugh Kingsmill described the City of London and its denizens as ‘excrement living on increment.’

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In fact, the more you insist on “spirituality” (WTF that means) as a player in human behavior, the more solid your (unearned) income - unearned either as a pension, living off investments (excrement living off increment as someone once crudely put it - Hugh Kingsmill actually (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Kingsmill) seems to be.

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COMMENTS
Michael Ross Julia • a year ago
I don’t know him. I know OF him, as does anyone who’s ever made money with a camera in New York, I think. You know the old adage about bankers, ‘excrement living on increment’? 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Monday, May 26, 2014 • Permalink