gaje [noun, m] – a sign [of something]; something typical [of something];
This intriguing little word came up in a text message a mum-friend from school sent me. She had previously messaged me with some vital information from some letter or other from school that I must have misplaced. (I have an uncanny ability to make those things vanish into thin air before we even set foot out of the school gates.)
Anyway, in my friend’s follow-up message sending me some additional info, she said, “Me quedé a medias… Jeje. Gajes de una madre a la carrera“, which I would translate as something like this: “I only sent you half the info…! Haha. A sign of a mum in a hurry!” She uses some great expressions, my friend!
You may have come across the more common expression “gajes del oficio“, which could be translated as “it goes with the territory“, “all in a day’s work” or “all part and parcel of the job“, to refer to the little annoyances or inconveniences that are typical of a particular job.