Friday, January 28, 2011

what it's really called when it's floating in the ocean

OK I realize I'm descending into the depths of word nerd-dom here, but I thought this short piece from was fascinating: the difference between what is flotsam and what is jetsam, as well as the etymology of both.

Incidentally, the first thing I still think of when I hear the term "flotsam and jetsam" is this:

Ursula's pet eels from The Little Mermaid. Thanks, Disney.


Evie said...

I LOVE this. I hated Ursula, but I love this.

Candance O'Donnell said...

Wonderful analogy. Love the cartoon too, bu hated Ursula!