Origin of jetsam
Examples from the Web for jetsam
After being rescued from the ocean several times Buster spent the rest of the afternoon collecting flotsam and jetsam.
It is but a waif on the ocean of commerce—the jetsam and flotsam, of which the law must direct the disposal.The Arena|Various
Those boys may be flotsam and jetsam and all that, but they know more about patriotism than I do.Eve to the Rescue|Ethel Hueston
The second signature was still more a matter of form, Mr. Winter merely sending the paper to Mr. Jetsam, with his compliments.Trevethlan: Volume 1|William Davy Watson
Word Origin for jetsam
1560s, jottsome "act of throwing goods overboard to lighten a ship," alteration and contraction of Middle English jetteson, from Anglo-French getteson, Old French getaison "a throwing" (see jettison). Intermediate forms were jetson, jetsome; the form perhaps was deformed by influence of flotsam. From 1590s as "goods thrown overboard;" figurative use by 1861. For distinction of meaning, see flotsam.
see flotsam and jetsam.