BEING A DIFFERENT WORD THAN THE ONE YOU’RE THINKING OF, AND SIMULTANEOUSLY AN EXCUSE, SO RARE, TO SPEAK OF TALL SHIPS
n. — nautical: a temporary mast erected in place of one broken or carried away
adj. — temporary, makeshift (as in jury-rig)
…among other meanings
fm. in this sense, origins unknown. No evidence backs up a theory that the word is a shortening of injury-mast. Like so many nautical words, jury is likely slang invented by sailors. It certainly has little to do with jury in the legal sense, which comes from the Anglo-Norman or French juree, meaning oath, inquest, or inquiry.
first published. 1616
inspiration. a recent need to strap things together
featured image. Pierre-Julien Gilbert, La Pomone contre les frégates HMS Alceste et Active (The Action Between the Frigates Pomone and HMS Alceste, 29 November 1811).