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JURY RIG - ORIGIN

Thursday August 4th, 2011
JURY MAST/ JURY RIG - ORIGIN

Jury mast or rig refers to a replacement mast of makeshift repairs made to a mast when it has been damaged. The word ‘jury’ is thought to have derived from the Old French word ‘ajurie’ meaning ‘help’ or ‘relief’. What is certain the term ‘jury rigged’ has been used at least since 1788 whilst ‘jury’ has been used in reference to being makeshift or temporary since at least 1616 when it appeared in John Smith’s ‘A Description of New England’.
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