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Gaff vs Gaffe


Gaff vs Gaffe. The deckhand’s gaffe shocked the skipper so much that he let go of the gaff and lost the fish. Avoid writing blunders with ErrNET copyediting!

Gaff as a noun is a stick with a hook, or a barbed spear, for landing large fish.
Gaff as a verb is to seize or impale with a gaff.

Gaffe is noun that means an unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a social blunder; faux pas.

Gaff and gaffe have identical pronunciations but different spellings and meanings. They are easily confused and misused in English writing. To prevent this potential error from occurring in your writing, use ErrNET copyediting technology to check all of your work!

Gaff sentence examples:

The fisherman’s gaff broke just as he was trying to land a fish.

My boss has a gaff in a glass case hanging on his wall that he used while a commercial fisherman in his youth.

A new type of gaff has been developed that is made out of graphite and stainless steel to prevent breakage and rust.

A fight broke out among the fishing boat’s deckhands and one crew member threatened to gaff anyone who disagreed with him.

Barney stood ready with his gaff on deck but the fish snapped the line just before surfacing.

Gaffe sentence examples:

Harry’s gaffe at dinner last night appeared to be an innocent mistake, but I believe it was intentional because he didn’t seem embarrassed and was not apologetic.

No matter how innocent a gaffe is, people are usually offended by them.

The most offensive gaffe has got to be asking a woman when her baby is due when she is not pregnant.

She gave her husband the nickname “gaffe king” because without fail, he would embarrass her at least one time with a faux pas at every social event that they attended.

He was so embarrassed by his gaffe at the company party, especially since it occurred in front of his boss.


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