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Quoth John Cowan:
> Nik Taylor wrote:
> > Well, that's more a pun than a -gate type coining.  Altho it seems to me
> > that the -gate thing started out as a pun.  I believe Whitewatergate was
> > the first, which, if so, would've been a simple pun based on Watergate.\
>
> Good lord, no.  There has been a steady stream of transient political
> words in -gate for every scandal since 1972.  I remember "Briefingate"
> particularly.

I feel obliged to mention that L'Express used the word "Monicagate" to
refer to Bill's latest scandal. :)

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