"Flotsam and jetsam" nghĩa là gì?

Homeless in Sugamo, Tokyo, Japan. Photo courtesy Jim Fischer.

'Flotsam and jetsam' có một từ mới là jetsam nghĩa là hàng hóa vứt xuống biển cho nhẹ tàu. Thành ngữ này dùng để chỉ những đồ tạp nhạp vô giá trị, hay những người không nhà, sống lang thang.

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After my grandfather died, I went to clean out his garage. I found piles (hàng đống) of yellowed newspapers and magazines, empty bottles, pieces of used furniture, and broken tools and sports equipment. There was nothing of any value. It was nothing more than flotsam and jetsam.

Citizens who live in upscale (sang trọng) areas in the city have been pleading (vẫn nài xin) with the City Council. They want to see some of the poor neighborhoods redeveloped. They’re tired of seeing homeless people wandering around. To them, such flotsam and jetsam needs to be removed.

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