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#1 2006-09-07 01:06:32

jorkel
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Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1455

Flotsam and JETTISON (jetsam)

Only about 10 occurrences of “flotsam and JETTISON” on the web.

The proper term is “flotsam and jetsam” ...things thrown overboard. Since jetsam gets jettisoned anyway, it’s easy to see how the two words might get interchanged if one isn’t listening carefully enough.
-Joe Krozel

Examples:

The Sunday Tribune – Books
THE sluice gates for literary translations flung open some time go, so the flotsam and jettison have settled down, thus ensuring a smooth outflow. ...
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/200404 … /book2.htm

Writers Against War – Charlene Fisk
... rusted springs protruding from the sawdust-colored tufts of cotton, and dismissed all of it as the flotsam and jettison of suburban life. ...
http://writersagainstwar.com/charlenefiskfall04

Waking Dreams … View topic – A Ride In A Police car. by Bernard S…
All kinds of flotsam and jettison lined the sea shore, a paradise for a young lad of nine. I have forgotten to mention that it was war time and we had been …
http://www.poetrygalore.com/dreams/viewtopic ... fd0c6e6f479b206d7f662ac7d8cfe2

Please help! How long will these norco withdrawls last?
All the havoc left as a result of that is flotsam and jettison…...Incidental to an addict. Well!! I’m so glad I kept this “brief”. ...
http://www.medhelp.org/forums/addiction … 1701a.html

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#2 2006-09-07 01:14:08

jorkel
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Re: Flotsam and JETTISON (jetsam)

...And, for what it’s worth, there’s also “flotsam and JETSON.” “Jetson” may have originated with “jettison” or it may have originated with “jetsam.” But, with a little wishful thinking, we can all just pretend it was inspired by the cartoon “The Jetsons.” (Again, only about 20 citings on the web).

Examples:

Toonhound – Captain Abercromby (2002-2003)
filled with maritime flotsam and jetson. Granpa used to have an old gold pocket watch, a treasured possession lost at sea when his ship sunk, and that watch …
http://www.toonhound.com/abercromby.htm

Promises to keep – editor’s note – Brief Article Vegetarian Tim…
82, my friend Lori Tobias helps you sail smoothly into the new year by tossing the flotsam and jetson of your life and uncluttering your home. Advertisement …
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m … i_95444727

Concrete Malt Mill (not another data point)
I don’t care if its a log distribution of particles sizes or as good as a six roller three tiered gravity fed flotsam and jetson slightly skewed to the left …
http://www.hbd.org/brewery/library/Conc2.html

PETER GABRIEL Peter Gabriel 2 reviews and MP3
And, why does Flotsam and Jetson make me think of John Lennon? Scratch is my personal favorite of Peter. Unbelievable! Posted Sunday, August 20, 2006, ...
http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive … cd_id=3635

photos of life on Rangitoto Island
Right: Flotsam and jetson collected on the bach mantlepiece. Submitted by Andy Heyward. Flotsam and Jetson. Photo pages ( 1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 l 9 …
http://www.rangitoto.org/pages/photos11.htm

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#3 2012-08-06 15:28:35

JuanTwoThree
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Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 300

Re: Flotsam and JETTISON (jetsam)

Today’s Daily Mail speculates that

Her resignation sparked rumors that Boris Johnson would be jettisoned in to fight for the vacant seat.

Parachuted?

Last edited by JuanTwoThree (2012-08-06 15:44:36)

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#4 2012-08-07 02:19:33

burred
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From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 917

Re: Flotsam and JETTISON (jetsam)

That is an unusually candid admission. Or maybe he’ll be tossed from a jet over the riding?

It was salutary for me to look over the evolution of the terms jetsam and flotsam, to see how they’ve changed through time, so that a modern concern over proper spelling seems so arbitrary. Flotsam was flotsen for 250 years before it became flotsome – that is, for anyone who took the trouble to spell it in a manner other than phonetically. Look at this book of sea law from the mid-1600s. It’s The Maritime Dicaeologie, Or, Sea-Jurisdiction Of England, and in the 9th chapter they cover the right of the Admiralty to recover goods from all manner of Forestallers, Regraters, Dearthers, Rebels, Traitors, manifeft Tranfgreffors, and Fugitives from Juftice:

So to the Admiral goes any and all jetson, along with any mear-swine* and sturgeons that happen to beach themselves. Etymonline says that jettison is just jetsam, verbed.

* You know, merpigs, or what you may call, porpoises.

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