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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. Goods thrown overboard to lighten a ship in distress.
2. Discarded material, debris, etc.
An alteration of the word jettison. Earlier, jettison was the act of throwing goods overboard to lighten a ship in distress. From Latin jactare (to throw), frequentative of jacere (to throw). Earliest documented use: 1491.
“I yearn to be of the stars. We are all stardust, after all, having been created from jetsam of the Big Bang.”
A.J. Ullman; Drifting Falling; Moonshine Cove Publishing; 2017.
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