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Limited income

Postby ekolis » Tue May 22, 2012 12:32 am UTC

Why is it we say that retirees and people on disability leave are on a "limited income"? Isn't everyone on a limited income? Not like everyone has money-printing machines around! :P
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Re: Limited income

Postby eSOANEM » Tue May 22, 2012 8:41 am UTC

I've never heard that term here in the SE of the UK. We tend to use "fixed income" here which probably comes from the fact that, unlike at a job where they might get a raise, their pension will keep paying out the same amount the rest of their life.
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Re: Limited income

Postby WanderingLinguist » Tue May 22, 2012 5:28 pm UTC

Limited can also mean "small", which I would assume is the intended meaning in "limited income". According to limited means:

restricted in size, amount, or extent; few, small, or short:

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Re: Limited income

Postby Eugo » Fri May 25, 2012 10:24 am UTC

"Fixed income" is also not completely right. The pensions are corrected here and there, to adjust for inflation. OTOH, the raise is not as frequent as it used to be. Come to think of it, I know that retirements were raised more often than my fixed salary.

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