Monday, October 18, 2010

Gaff vs Gaffe


  1. A clumsy social error; a faux pas: "The excursion had in his eyes been a monstrous gaffe, a breach of sensibility and good taste" (Mary McCarthy).
  2. A blatant mistake or misjudgment.
         A large iron hook attached to a pole or handle and used to land large fish.

He preferred fishing, because he knew how to handle a "gaff" (a hook used to land a fish), whereas he had bad memories of committing a "gaffe" (a social blunder) when spending time with others.

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