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
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