Originally Posted by Zero4549
Yes, it does. Words have meaning. Start ignoring that, and you might as well just gawk at people while gesticulating with a hand up your own posterior as a means of communication.
Since apparently most of the people currently alive are either so old as to have gone senile or so young and poorly educated as to not know who President Nixon was, allow me to explain:
The Watergate scandal took place at a hotel called the Watergate. This was the one and only time"___gate" has been an approprate naming convention for a controversy. Gamergate did not take place at a place called Gamergate, and while it did involve some self identified gamers, there were no gates to be seen. Bendgate did not take place at a place called bandgate, nor were any gates bent. I'm pretty sure these are hissing iPhones, not hissing gates. Calling these modern controversies "___gate"s is about as intelligible as calling a Pentium 4 a nullspoon.
You fail to recognize, that Watergate was the first... and why scandals are referenced as "gates".
It doesn't matter how "Watergate" got it's name, only that is what the scandal was called, and what all others scandals reference. It is common in every day terminology, because a scandal = a gate.
Words do have meaning, you are too myopic to understand what colloquialism are.
Edited by formula m - 10/3/16 at 9:30am