Date: Thu, 19 May 1994 02:20:30 -0400
From: Robert Kelly kelly[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]LEVY.BARD.EDU
Subject: Re: Uncl: Question
fritz = German
jerry = German
jerry-built [presumably from jury-rigged, jury-built] is understood as
German made, hence (in an anti-German time) inferior.
but why the "on the..." ?
is it euphemy for a naughty rhyme word?
People used to say "it shits" as they now say "it sucks"
from rhyme word ---- place where one does that, hence the "on"
something on the fritz = something "indisposed"
I wouldn't bother with this guessing except the DARE has nothing.