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flotsam (FLOT-suhm) noun

1. Wreckage or cargo that remains afloat after a ship has sunk. Floating refuse or debris.

2. Discarded odds and ends.

3. Vagrant, usually destitute people.

[Anglo-Norman floteson, from Old French floter, to float, of Germanic origin.]

"Blaustein's office at Rutgers University in Camden, N.J., where he teaches law, is stacked with fat volumes of far-flung national charters, as well as the flotsam of a globe-hopping life: hundreds of do-not-disturb doorknob signs, matchbooks, ballpoint pens, luggage tags ... " Section II Quirks & Quacks in Trivial Pursuit of Constitutional Oddities, Life, 31 Aug 1987.

This week's theme: nautical words.

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