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Muldergate, noun

Origin:
U.S. EnglishShow more Formed by analogy with U.S. English Watergate, and named for the then Minister of Information, C. Mulder.
Note:
The use of -gate to indicate a scandal ‘was principally a feature of U.S. English until 1978, when the South African Muldergate scandal brought it wider publicity’ (Oxford Dictionary of New Words, 1991).
The scandal, and subsequent investigation, resulting from the misappropriation of funds within the Department of Information in 1978; Info. Also attributive.
1979 Daily Dispatch 16 Feb. 12I was astonished to hear some public personalities urging the country to put Muldergate behind them and get back to the job of discussing race policies.
1990 Sunday Star 11 Mar. 16If the great Info Scandal of 12 years ago was called ‘Muldergate’ (after the Minister who finally took the rap) then the stuff the Harms Commission is now investigating might as well be called Murdergate.
The scandal, and subsequent investigation, resulting from the misappropriation of funds within the Department of Information in 1978; Info. Also attributive.

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