(s) A scandal concerning alleged unlawful functions and frequently a cover-up, especially by government officials: Irangate.
(s) Combined with key words to create the brands of scandals.
(s) accustomed form place-names of towns by ocean.
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A suffix added onto a word to denote a scandal relating to the base word. The suffix originated from the Watergate hard in Washington, DC where in fact the scandal ultimately causing the resignation of President Nixon took place. Watergate, strangely sufficient, was not a scandal concerning water.Examples feature Strippergate (one of several scandals concerning political leaders and strippers), Nipplegate (the clothes malfunction at Super Bowl XXXVIII), and Maidgate (Meg Whitman's unlawful immigrant housemaid). by Thea WinbushReport definition