True story: when the Watergate scandal was TV news, I was such a tiny kid that I didn't get it and thought it was all about a dam. (A gate that holds back water.) I thought the president was somehow to blame for a burst dam somewhere.

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Because Watergate, the name of the hotel where the Democratic party had their headquarters in the early 70s, was repeated so often in the news that it became a cliche while the Nixon administration was still being investigated. It was a part of American heritage while it was still unfolding. It came to be identified with almost any scandal.

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What?

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Watergate is so well known.

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