Please, No More “-Gates” When It Comes to News!

Imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery but folks in the news business have just worn out this whole “-gate” thing.  It all started with Watergate which of course is a hotel/office complex  in Washington where the Nixon sanctioned-break-ins occurred and the burglars were caught.   No problem with that.  Then, because it was synonymous with major scandal, somebody attached the word “gate” to the next big political scandal.  I was okay with that since it helped to show just how big a deal the second scandal was.  Then every screw-up or controversy started getting “gate” added to it.  Remember “Monica-gate”? Most recently we had Plame-gate as some described the whole Scooter Libby debacle.  I’ve been out of town most of this week and got back to read the Commercial Appeal and found the scandal involving the utility that serves Memphis and Shelby County is now MLGW-gate.  I don’t know if any of the TV stations are now referring to it  that way (I’m sure someone is since it appeared in the newspaper) but please folks, let the “gate” aspect of it go.  Yes, it’s a scandal and no, it’s not right that some sort of favoritism is being shown.  But do us all a favor and let the “gate” go and attempt to resist all pressure to use “gate” in any form connected to any scandal locally or nationally.

Thought for the day: “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re a fool than open it and remove all doubt. ”

Tomorrow I may even heed my own advice.  Not today.

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4 Comments on “Please, No More “-Gates” When It Comes to News!”

  1. James Says:


    You forgot to mention Heavens Gate. Remember the Hale-Bop Comet and the space ship behind it. I am not sure but I think that is how E. Ford got such a large water bill. He was on that space ship and it dropped him in Memphis. For his fare to earth he had to agree to refuel the ship which ran on water. This explains his $10,000 water bill that he said he got stuck with but never explained.

    Why can’t these folks just tell the truth?

  2. Pam Crittendon Roberson Says:

    I’m with you on that, Joe. Don’t forget ‘garage-gate’, in refering to FedEx Forum.

    By the way, love your new site. Great picture too! Bravo for not bowing to the pressure of the pro-Grecian formula “hairists”!

  3. autoegocrat Says:

    The one I’ve been waiting to see is “Interro-gate.”

  4. joelarkins Says:

    Actually, I wouldn’t mind seeing that last one either. Don’t hold your breath.

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