Flotsam and Jetson

Waifs found in the sea or on the shore. “Flotsam,” goods found floating on the sea after a a wreck. “Jetson,” or Jetsam, things thrown out of a ship to lighten it. (Anglo-Saxon, flotan, to float; French, jeter, to throw out.) (See Ligan.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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