Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 13:37:24 -0500 From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: Sexgate words (a defense) >Why is this here? Partisan and not funny. Please, no Ken Starr wannabes >on this list. > As a lifelong "left-liberal" who has no use for witch-hunts or Clinton crazies, I have to disagree here. I find the elaboration & collection of these word-formation-in-action -gate terms non- (or meta-) partisan (you don't have to be a right-winger to find these charges plausible and unpleasant, if--pardon the expression--a bit overblown), funny (at least the good ones, although that's an aesthetic call--my personal faves so far are 'zippergate' for the phonology and 'tailgate' for the pun), AND list-relevant, although more toward the WOTY/coinage component of the Society than to dialectology per se. If Barry had his way and we schizzed into an ads/dialectology group proper and an American Popular Speech list/website, the "-gate"s would obviously head for the latter, but since we implicitly spurned the schism, bring 'em on. Larry