bloodgate, spygate, crashgate, expensesgate...Why does every scandal have to have the word Gate tacked on the end?A quick search of google news even shows European press use this clichéclick here
Leftover from the floodgates of news that was Watergate?
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Ordinary and obvious answer is that it comes from the Watergate scandal, named after the building that was burgled.Alternate answer is that it's a way for the media to take a rather mundane story and work up a frenzy so we buy their pesky newspapers.It is bloody irritating, a scandal, and ought to be investigated... Gate-ending-gate I'd suggest! I demand a public enquiry!!!
I'm aware of Watergate, but that was 30-odd years ago, it seems that over the last couple of years every minor scandal become a "gate"...
Over thirty years ago!I can still picture images of Nixon squirming in front of Frost who seemed such a gentle inquisitor, but was in fact very adept at getting to the heart of the matter.
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