gaff vs gaffe : Common Errors in English

About gaff vs gaffe

Gaffe is a French word meaning “embarrassing mistake,” and should not bemixed up with “gaff”: a large hook.

gaff Meaning(s)

  • (n) a sharp metal spike or spur that is fastened to the leg of a gamecock
  • (n) a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail
  • (n) an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish

gaffe Meaning(s)

  • (n) a socially awkward or tactless act

gaff in News

  • City sues homeowner in attempt to force cleanup

    Neighbors describe Richard Gaff as a political man who doesn't like to conform. The city says Gaff's property is a mess - and the county wants back taxes paid in full.
    on June 18, 2013 Source: KVAL Eugene

gaffe in News

  1. Watch: Texas Gov. Rick Perry Mistakenly Refers to Libya Embassy Attack as Lebanon

    Perry's latest flub during Faith and Freedom Coalition conference, remarked earlier about past gaffe        
    on June 16, 2013 Source: ABC News

  2. HuffPo’s Self-Delusion On Display With Celebration Of Pelosi’s Horrid Answer To Reporter

    As episodes of embarrassing self-deception go, The Huffington Post outdid itself on Thursday when they celebrated what would be considered a gaffe had it been said by anyone with an “R” after their name.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Mediaite

  3. Papa John’s Mixes Up Stanley Cup Finalists, Asks If Bruins or Penguins Will Win Game 1

    The folks over at Papa John’s seem to be stuck in a time warp. In a classic social media gaffe, the official Papa John’s Twitter account made an attempt at fan interaction Wednesday night ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, when they asked fans to pick a side in the matchup. There […]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: New England Sports Network

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