Sailor Speak of the Week – Jury

Definition

Adjective

  • A temporary or makeshift fix of any damaged gear or equipment.

Origin

15th century. Possibly from the Old French words, jornal, or jurnal, for the day, implying temporary. Also possibly from Old French, ajuirer, to help, and the Latin, adiutare, aid.

Comments

This term can be used to refer to individual fixes, such as a jury mast or jury rudder. In modern English, the term jury-rigged refers similarly to any expedient DIY fix.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport.

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