Posted by Henry on April 21, 2004
In Reply to: Jimmy-rigged posted by Kate on April 21, 2004
: : : : What is the phrase origin for "jimmy-rigged"?
: : : : The archives has a discussion under "jury-rigged" if that is what you mean. Also, try a Google search with "jury rigged" for some other interesting discussions.
: : Then there is the verb to jimmy meaning to force open, could the original have confused or deliberately merged jury-rigged with to jemmy?
: Hi, thanks for the response. Jerry-built does not provide the meaning I'm searching for. Jury-rigged is more like the nuance. The nuance has to do with a foregone conclusion. Sort of like jury-rigged. A jerry-rigged conclusion would be masked by something that looks like a deliberative process. So, perhaps I was looking for jury-rigged.
: Jerry-rigged turns up in google searches, usint the meaning I've assigned to it.
: Jerry-built (slap dash construction)
: Jury-rigged (a foregon conclusion masked by a deliberative process)
: Jerry-rigged (a foregone conclusion that's based on sort of a slap-dash method of arriving at the foregone conclusion)
I know jury-rigged as a sailing term. After damage, perhaps in a storm, a makeshift jury rig may be used to allow a vessel to continue sailing. It therefore means means something improvised.
From Bartleby (Bartleby the Scrivener was a book by Herman Melville) Jury rig To rig or assemble for temporary emergency use; improvise; perhaps ultimately from Old French ajurie, help, from aider, to help.