<HTML><FONT FACE=arial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=2>Thank all of you for the input on jackleg/jakeleg/jake brakes:
<BR>the usual mixture of erudition, wisecracks, informed specu-
<BR>lation, and inimitable "other" that I so love about this list and
<BR>Have at least some good general possibilities in mind now
<BR>for the derivation of "jackleg" and "jakeleg"...and the latter's
<BR>merely fortuitous (though Jacobs Manufacturing Company
<BR>might consider it otherwise) connection to "jake brake."
<BR>Wondering now what are the parameters for "jackleg" ? As
<BR>Jonathan Green mentioned, it seems usually applied to "various
<BR>incompetent, unskilled or unprincipled professionals"...preachers,
<BR>lawyers, and I believe I've heard doctors so termed. Can't recall
<BR>an instance of <U>other</U> professions...pharmacists, librarians, etc...
<BR>it might be applied to, however.
<BR>On the other hand, "jackleg (car-)mechanic" is well recognized;
<BR>and again, believe I've heard it of plumbers. So a jackleg (my
<BR>father's use was that non-specific) can also be blue-collar, I pre-
<BR>Finally, Is there included a sense of "self-proclaimed" or "self-taught;"
<BR>and in the latter case, might a jackleg mechanic (for example) be
<BR>fully as competent, skilled and principled as Mr. Goodwrench ?
<BR> Steve Hicks
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