February 08, 2013
jettison (verb)
\JET-uh-sun\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to throw goods overboard from a ship or aircraft especially to lighten it in distress2 : discard
How do you use it?
Enormous waves and strong winds threatened the ship, forcing the pirates to jettison much of the gold and silver they'd stolen from other ships.
Are you a word wiz?

The word "jettison" is related to many English words. Which of the following do you think is one of them?

Feel free to jettison all choices but D! Both "jettison" and "object" can be traced back to the Latin word "jacere," meaning "to throw." The "-ject" part of "object" is the part that traces to "jacere." Most of the other words that come from "jacere" also have "-ject" in them. Some of these are common, like "inject," "reject," and "eject." Others aren't so common. "Trajectory," for instance, names the curve that something like a rocket or a planet in its orbit travels along in space. And "conjecture" refers to an opinion or judgment based on little or no evidence.
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