Another Week, Another Gross Misuse of the ‘Gate’ Suffix

That sound you hear? The late William Safire, rolling over in his grave.

To all those hashtagging with #TattooGate a duly noted issue involving a certain consumer product (the Apple Watch) and infinitesimal group of users (people with wrist and arm tattoos), cut it out! We can only reclaim the original meaning of the “gate” suffix as envisioned by the late William Safire if we stop constantly trivializing it.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the so-called major gate scandals the world has been treated to in 2015:

Deflategate
Emailgate
Fingergate
Ponytailgate
Staingate
Tissuegate
Twirlgate

Arguably, only two of this young year’s such flare-ups – involving U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis – are OG, or Woodward and Bernstein-era, scandal worthy.