victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 3 19:52:31 UTC 2009

Just a follow up on -gates and -ers:

If Google News is correct in its timestamps, the first occurrence of
Gatecrashergate was in Politico in a Glenn Thrush blog post about Rep.
King (R-Arkham) demanding an investigation. But WaTimes also had a
story with "Gatecrashergate" in quotation marks roughly at the same
time (although the "latest version"is now dated a day later, Dec 1).
And several sources flubbed an AP headline as "Gatecrasher Gate" [sic]
on Monday, while WaPo put in a paranthetical question with quotation
marks-- ("Gatecrasher-gate"?) [sic] --also on Dec 1.

So there are several -gates and no -ers circulating in Washington, at
the moment. Only the WaTimes drew a connection between the Salahis and
the Balloon Boy, although the cultural link should have been obvious
from the moment the story broke.


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