...Gate

  interzone55 10:28 17 Sep 2009
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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 cliché
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  wiz-king 10:38 17 Sep 2009

Leftover from the floodgates of news that was Watergate?

  dagbladet 10:40 17 Sep 2009

Watergate

  dagbladet 10:41 17 Sep 2009

Sorry forgot link.

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  bjh 10:49 17 Sep 2009

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!!!

  interzone55 11:18 17 Sep 2009

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"...

  oresome 11:46 17 Sep 2009

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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