Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday words: flotsam and jetsam

noun flot·sam \ˈflät-səm\

: floating pieces, parts, etc., from a ship that has been wrecked

Full Definition
1: floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo; broadly : floating debris
2 a : a floating population (as of emigrants or castaways)
b : miscellaneous or unimportant material
c : debris, remains


Anglo-French floteson, from floter to float, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English flotian to float, flota ship
First Known Use: circa 1607

An excellent article about flotsam and jetsam, and other related fascinating facts, from Today I Found Out: Origin of flotsam and jetsam
Tags: f, french, j, noun, wordsmith: med_cat

  • Wednesday Word: Tanisi

    Tanisi Tanisi is the Cree word for 'hello', or depending on the conversation's context, 'how are you?'. Listen to the video below for the…

  • Tuesday word: Solace

    Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2021 Solace (noun, verb) sol·ace [sol-is] noun Also called sol·ace·ment. 1. comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble;…

  • Sunday Word: Cerulean

    cerulean [s uh- roo-lee- uhn] adjective: resembling the blue of the sky; a shade of blue ranging between azure and a darker sky blue…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded