Date: Thu, 15 Jun 1995 14:58:36 -0500
From: "Thomas J. Creswell" creswell[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NIIA.NET
Subject: Re: Teen Slang Terms (Gank and Gaffle)
Could gaffle be somehow related to or constitute a mispronunciation or
pronunciation of an imperfectly heard "snaffle" defined to purloin or snitch
and labeled " The second word is entirely new to me. It is "to gaffle"
(spelling?) meaning simply to steal something from someone without
violence or their awareness. As in, she didn't know it, but I gaffled
a stick of gum from her purse.
My sources are only oral. The informants had no clue as to
etymology but they said both terms were old. But then, old to
teenagers can mean last week.
I wonder if "gaffle" bears any relation to "gaff," meaning a trick or a
swindle. "Don't blow the gaff" is a phrase that might be used by theater
people as well as con artists, the gaff being the key part of a trick or
illusion that you want to keep hidden from your audience.
Just a thought
Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]bga.com