gaff / gaffe / gaffer (and gaffsman, gaffle, giffgaff and shandygaff)

(From my personal notes of 2001-07-26.)

gaff: a stick with a hook for landing large fish (from Middle English for "hook"). A gaffsman wields the gaff.

gaffe: a blunder.

gaffer: chief electrician of a movie or television crew.

gaffle: an artificial spur affixed to a fighting rooster, or a lever to bend a crossbow.

giffgaff: Mutual accommodation; mutual giving. (Webster's 1913).

shandygaff: A drink made of beer and lemonade.

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