Several weeks, perhaps even months, ago I was chatting with a fellow and mentioned something of the Watergate scandal, which I was at least vaguely aware of when it was The Big Deal (filled the news, etc.) and not just (“ancient”) history. Partway through the explanation of the mess it dawned on the fellow that Watergate, named for the hotel where the break-in happened, was the original -gate and that #GamerGate was not. Good thing I have a thick skull. A ‘facepalm’ with a hoof is a helluva thing.
The whole Scandal -gate suffixing is Rather Tired, I’d say. The great thing about the AbScam sting was it had a name sans -gate. A book about a political scandal written before Watergate was great, no -gate! The one really good use of the suffix was, I think, the Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker mess. Some wag dubbed it Pearli-gate.
And now we supposedly have ComicsGate. I await the day a manufacturer of entrances/exits for fences is embroiled in scandal and we have GateGate. It seems only a matter of time.