Sunday, 18 May 2014

Problem Solved

I came across this in the Dictionary Corner feature of Radio Times:

For rural communities in the 17th century, 'gaffer' was a way to address a man of seniority. The word began as a shortened form of 'grandfather'.

So there is the solution to my dilemma. I can be a granddad without having to use the title. I think I shall like being called The Gaffer.

Of course, when she learns to talk, my granddaughter may have other ideas. At 2½ months she already has a lot to say for herself, loves splashing about in the bath or swimming pool and only cries when she's hungry or can't see what's going on around her. I have a feeling that she might end up being the gaffer.


  1. Love it! I think The Gaffer is perfect. Your little granddaughter is beautiful x

  2. That's a lovely idea, Keith 'the Gaffer'. :)

    1. I'm not sure it'll catch on but I'll give it a try, Carol.

  3. The Gaffer is a good name. I think you're right that she'll come to earn the title though.

  4. What a gorgeous little girl. The name Gaffer is perfect, Keith.

  5. Oh, 'The Gaffer' is a brilliant title!

  6. So much more imaginative than Pop or Gramps - as one would expect from a writer.