What does Ghazi mean?


Ghazi is a politically charged term that gets tagged onto the end of a word to suggest it’s a hot topic or a point of controversy. It shares similarities with the suffix “gate” which has its roots in the infamous “Watergate” scandal and is nowadays used to label various contentious events like servergate or emailgate.

The term originates from the 2012 Benghazi attacks in Libya where two U.S. facilities were assailed by an Islamic extremist group. The tragic incident resulted in the death of two U.S. officials, namely J. Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith.

Politician Hillary Clinton, who took the blame for the security mishaps, became embroiled in the controversy due to her use of a private server for confidential emails. The term Ghazi started gaining traction during the 2016 U.S. presidential election to represent the scandal and criticize Clinton’s actions.

Example for using ‘Ghazi’ in a conversation

Hey, did you hear about the new controversy surrounding that celebrity?

Yeah, I heard! It’s being called ‘Celebghazi’ now. People are really upset about it.

Wow, they added ‘ghazi’ to their name too? That’s becoming a trend now.

Yeah, it’s like the new ‘gate’ suffix. Remember Watergate?