Sailor Speak of the Week – Jury



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


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.


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.


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

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