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-gate     Noun suffix denoting a scandal of tremendous proportions.

First, there was Watergate.  I don’t even have to go into the details because everyone knows them.  The Watergate complex was the scene of a national scandal that took down a president.  With the beauty of a living language, -gate became a suffix that rendered any word a name for a scandal. (more…)

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