Of “flotsam and jetsam”

 

Near Seaside, Oregon

On the Oregon coast at Seaside
(Click to enlarge.)

 

Have you ever wondered about the phrase flotsam and jetsam?  Have you ever puzzled over how, precisely, the one is to be distinguished from the other?

 

Nah.  Probably not.

 

But, walking along the shore here in Oregon, the question suddenly weighed upon me.  Because my wife asked.

 

And here’s the answer:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flotsam_and_jetsam

 

I’m pleased to say that my initial response to my wife, based upon my conjectured etymologies for the words, was actually pretty darned good.

 

Posted from Seaside, Oregon

 

 

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