Date: Thu, 19 May 1994 02:20:30 -0400 From: Robert Kelly Subject: Re: Uncl: Question guesswork: 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. Good guessing! r