Thursday, March 22, 2007
I understand that "-gate" when used as a suffix has come to mean an Executive branch scandal involving illegal activity, lies and a cover up regarding same, and stonewalling Congress when they attempt to investigate. But I'm really tired of seeing it hauled out and tacked on to whichever word it fits best any time the White House press corps smells Presidential blood in the water. It's time to put the Sixties (and Watergate was the Sixties, even if the date in the history books says different) behind us. Besides, Purgegate sounds like some sort of pre-party group ritual for bulimics.
As you can tell from the title of this post, I propose "-ica" as a replacement. Despite its obvious shortcomings, it has the advantage of working with just about any word imaginable. But if anyone has got any better ideas, drop them in the comments.