Date: Wed, 14 Jun 1995 17:44:47 -0600 From: Katherine Catmull Subject: Re: Teen Slang Terms (Gank and Gaffle) > 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]