However, there does appear to be a substitute name. The British (some Americans, too) call this product “gaffa’ tape.
Regardless of the actual spelling of the name, the root comes from a British slang term for grandfather. The term came into use in the early days of film when the crew that handled heavy lighting and electrical equipment came to be known as gaffers .
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