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Marketing bollocks, buzzword bingo, or your mum saying "fudge" when she really wants to swear like a trooper. Let's ride the hockey stick curve of this top hat product, solutioneers.

Thanks to simbosan for the idea

(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 13:13)
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Gates and Coholics
This has been annoying me for some time now. The Watergate scandal was generally referred to as 'Watergate' as it occurred at the Watergate. I'm not sure if it is just lazy journalism, but suddenly anything remotely scandalous becomes a -gate.

Take for example 'Pizzagate.' For anyone who does not remember this scandal, a football player threw a bit of pizza at a manager. Suddenly it's an outrageous incident to known as 'Pizzagate.'

Now, I may be wrong but a) Pizza has nothing to with gates and b) One man throwing a bit of dough at another man bears very little comparison to an act of deceit and corruption exposing criminal activity within one of the most powerful governments on the planet.

On a similar note, alcoholics are called alcoholics as they have a fondness for alcohol. I am not aware of any such thing as 'chocohol', 'shopahol', 'workahol' or 'sexahol' (I'm slightly surprised at the latter, it could easily be some kind of bright, diabetes inducing, WKD style chav-drink).

Anyway, enough ranting for me. I'm becoming a rantoholic...
(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 16:59, 6 replies)
This, a lot

You're forgetting the F1 scandal Spygate

Or the footy players going out drinking - Boozegate

It makes me want to iron my face
(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 17:13, closed)
Do it!
The media would love ironmyfacegate.
(, Fri 9 Apr 2010, 10:10, closed)
The gate thing has always bothered me, but I never really thought about the "holic" bit... good point.
(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 17:19, closed)
Christ, yes.
The '-gate' thing especially pisses me off in Big Brother season, when desperate producers and writers attempt to glean stories from the piffling non-events of the house. Hence if someone forgets to wash up a teaspoon at breakfast and someone else grumbles about it in passing, by lunchtime the likes of Heat will be dragging three pages out of 'Spoongate'.

Wierdly, I don't remember them talking about 'DanielleLloydIsaMassiveFuckingRacistgate'.
(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 17:49, closed)
It's not her fault...
She's a racismaholic.
(, Fri 9 Apr 2010, 10:09, closed)
I think...
...I love you. I'm so glad these horrible examples of linguistic and journalistic idiocy annoy someone else!
(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 18:27, closed)

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