With the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in coming up, I’m struck by how durable the practice of making a portmanteau word out of any scandal and “gate” has been. I guess it makes sense in that it makes it easy to come up with a shorthand term, instead of figuring out whether we’re going to call the scandal “Teapot Dome” or what have you.
I sort of wish we lived in a world where all scandals either had “Teapot” or “Dome” attached to them instead of “gate.” Just consult this excellent list of scandals and go to town…
The Pedaldome scandal
You get the idea. Also, Teapot Dome was a great scandal.