jetsam jetsam

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the part of a ship's equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm
  2. (n) the floating wreckage of a ship

Usage(s):

  1. It has become trendy to tack poems, photos, icons, logos and other digital flotsam and jetsam onto e-mail messages.
  2. There were all kinds of Democratic flotsam jetsam washing about in the Republican flood a lot of it eminently salvageable.
  3. Heyerdahl and his six-man crew were astonished and depressed by the quantity of jetsam bobbing hundreds of miles from land.

News

  • Moo & Oink's leftovers revealed in an uncovered ghost sign

    James Pierce is always noticing stuff as he passes through the city. Faded signs. Disused gas stations on the verge of demolition. The flotsam and jetsam of urbanism.   The former Moo & Oink store at 72nd and Stony Island Avenue caught his eye yesterday. When the four store local chain (originally named Calumet Meat Co) went out of business in 2011, much of the store's markings — including its ...
    on July 3, 2013     Source: WBEZ 91.5 Chicago

Quotes

  1. "That sort of nitty gritty of television - the continuity shorts, the flotsam and jetsam between the programmes - are the sort of thing that don't usually survive," says Fiddy. "It gives you a much better idea of what Sixties television...
    on Dec 10, 2008 By: 50 Cent Source: Independent

  2. Nick Bourne, Mid and West Wales AM, described the right-wing party as a "nasty, mean, distasteful and grubby bunch of sub-human flotsam and jetsam" in an article on his personal blog.
    on Jul 8, 2007 By: Nick Bourne Source: ic Wales

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