AbbotGate? Seriously? That annoys me as much as people saying they’ll try 110%. It’s 120% annoying.
I think Dianne Abbot is as racist as I am black. Which I’m not. And there ends the amount of opinion I’m allowed to have about the matter, as a white person, except to say that I think it’s telling that the media only seems to take notice of a black woman’s opinion under these circumstances.
So instead I’m going to tackle a side issue. The gate suffix.
Watergate was an actual place. It was not a scandal about water. Therefore, scandals should only be allowed to be a “gate” when a word with the gate suffix is an actual real word. Not just appended to any old word.
To help with this I have provided some examples below. Enjoy.
Police screw up Stephen Lawrence case. InvestiGate
The wife said “turn left”, but claims she said “right”. We’re referring to the incident as navigate.
I saw a copper kick a man in an already broken leg, papers are calling it castiGate
Rebecca Black was accused of lip-syncing, The scandal is being called FriGate
MP’s found smoking in the House of Commons. FumiGate
Footballer in lovechild shocker. surroGate
MP’s accused of not hiring minorities in segreGate scandal
Churches being forced to use budget roofing materials after new lead tax. corruGate.
Columbus mislabels native Americans after missing India and landing in America in a scandal called “circumnaviGate”
Fury as President tries to close the deficit by selling one of the states. DeleGate
MP caught buying “sexual enhancement products”. ElonGate
Fluoride being added to water supplies. ColGate (HT @mmeguillotine)
… The MP denied he has proposed to his mistress. Papers are calling it neGate
An MP was found in possession of bestiality pornography, it’s being called tailGate
There have been allegations of corruption of the watergate hotel. Papers are calling it “Nixon resigns shock”
I’ve written loads of these, I’m getting tired now. It’ll be called. defatiGate
But at the rate I’m going some people will call it profliGate
There’s just too many, as if someone opened a floodGate
That’s it, I’m addicted to “-Gate”. I’ll call this condition gate-AHOLIC
Here are some more words ending in gate. See how many you can do.
As much as I hate -gate, I’d love to see one of those words in a Sun headline.