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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. Goods found floating after a shipwreck.
2. People or things considered useless or unimportant.
From Old French floter (to float). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pleu- (to flow), which is also the source of flow, float, flit, fly, flutter, pulmonary, pneumonia, pluvial, and fletcher. Earliest documented use: 1607.
“Lawrence momentarily regretted having damaged the book, but he didn’t bother picking it up. It could join the collection of flotsam on the floor.”
Cat Sebastian; The Lawrence Browne Affair; Avon; 2017.
See more usage examples of flotsam in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young, / Who loved thee so fondly as he? / He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, / And joined in thy innocent glee. -Margaret Courtney, poet (1822-1862)