I remember once reading a KSK draft of English language phrases to kill (too lazy to look it up). In other words, if you could banish one linguistic convention from the English language, what would it be?
Someone selected the suffix ‘gate,’ which is now attached to every minor, insipid, transient, inconsequential event. Whoever selected that gets a gold star from me for the day.
Bullying on Big Brother is not Watergate. If the event doesn’t cause the President of the United States to resign or precipitate something else equally earth-shattering, don’t. use. -gate.