Monday, January 14, 2002

Shut the -gate

It seems like any time there's a new scandal, the press decides it needs to add the suffix "-gate" to whatever's goinf on. Some examples:

  • Irangate
  • Travelgate
  • Nannygate
  • Zippergate
  • Pardongate

Now Salon is calling the current Enron scandal "Enrongate"

Can we call a moratorium on this? Does this suffix add any new information? Does it serve any purpose other than to clue people in that this is, in fact, a scandal, and that the news fols are quite clever? It's tired and trite.
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