-opoli

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from Tangentopoli, which was formed from tangente (kickback) + -poli (city), but was reanalyzed by journalists to produce a suffix analogous to English -gate.

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-opoli f

  1. -gate (used to form names of scandals)
    • 2012, Antonio Giangrande, Concorsopoli ed esamopoli: Concorsi pubblici ed esami di Stato:
      Fermiamo la concorsopoli per i giornalisti negli enti pubblici.
      Let's end the competitiongate for the journalists in public entities.

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