Date: Thu, 15 Jun 1995 14:58:36 -0500 From: "Thomas J. Creswell" 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] > > Tom Creswell