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The end­ing -gate is not a nat­u­ral suf­fix; it was taken from the Water­gate af­fair and tacked onto new scan­dals: Camil­la­gate, de­bate­gate. Same with -athon, taken from the Greek bat­tle of Marathon, ‘to make things long’: telethon, walkathon. Oth­ers in­clude -itis, for mod­ern mal­adies (com­puteri­tis), and -holic, for ad­dic­tions (shopa­holic, twee­t­a­holic).

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