Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Dec 3 20:03:03 UTC 2009

Jon Stewart also drew the connection between the Salahis and
the Balloon Boy--either 2 or 3 nights ago, I'm reasonably sure.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 14:52:31 -0500
>From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> (on behalf of victor steinbok <aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM>)
>Subject: gatecrashergate>
>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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