An open letter to all Kinja reporters...and pretty much every reporter everywhere.
I’m not alone in my position of wanting to punch anyone in the face who uses ‘gate’ attached to a word to describe the scandal of the day. In fact, Buckley from A Dose of Buckley sums it up nicely:
“You know what I’m sick of? Every scandal and controversy having the word ‘gate’ after it. Gamergate; Bendgate for the iPhone 6’s pliable nature; Twirlgate after a female tennis star was asked by a commentator to twirl to show her outfit off to the crowd.
You know that Watergate, the scandal these are all named after, was named that because of the Watergate Hotel, right? You understand that ‘gate’ isn’t Latin for ‘scandal’, yes? So, stop doing it.”
I’m with him, and as far as I’m concerned if you use ‘gate’ in that way you’re a rank amateur and a complete asshole.