July 19th, 2010
03:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin's dawn of refudiation

After using an unrecognized English word in a tweet, Sarah Palin is borrowing a page from Shakespeare's book.
After using an unrecognized English word in a tweet, Sarah Palin is borrowing a page from Shakespeare's book.

(CNN) – Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has joined the pantheon of politicians who've made their own additions to the English language.

The former Alaska governor has added to our vocabulary with "refudiates" - assumedly an amalgamation of "refute" and "repudiates." Palin used the new word in a Sunday posting on Twitter that called on Muslims to denounce plans to build a mosque and community center near Ground Zero in New York City.

"Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn't it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate," Palin tweeted, according to reports.


The original tweet was deleted and replaced with another that lacked "refudiate": "Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real."

Although she deleted her original tweet, Palin is not distancing herself from her new word. Instead, Palin is embracing it and turning to none other than Shakespeare to justify her linguistic invention.

"'Refudiate,' 'misunderstimate,' 'wee-wee'd up.' English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!" Palin tweeted Sunday as the blogosphere started to criticize her for a gaffe.

She alludes to former President George W. Bush's famous utterances of "misunderstimate" during the 2000 campaign and President Barack Obama's use of "wee-wee'd up" to describe Washington's penchant for getting worked up over controversy.

Palin's original tweet remains missing from her Twitter page. Some of Shakespeare's works are lost too.


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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Balls

    its not on ground zero, and its not a mosque. just like there were no death panels and no hope for you ever being president. anyone who follows your tweet is an absolute moron with no brains of their own. you are an embarrassment to your party and your country.

    July 19, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Dave H.

    Sarah need an editor. And maybe an education. And a conscience.

    July 19, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Ally

    I wonder how Sarah squares her lack of basic language skills with her children who are at school and presumably learning how to express themselves in an understandable way. She obviously can't help them with their homework.

    July 19, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Dumbo Nixwisser

    In America only money counts. Having said that, she is on the way up and way ahead of all of you. She will bea rich lady while you all wait for your unemployment checks. She has you all fooled and you don't even know it. Go Sara go !

    July 19, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Nellen

    I was going to leave a long comment:

    As a Canadin I am ashamed on how the American people behave.

    When I travel out of the country I correct people to let them know I am
    CANADIAN..................

    July 19, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. G

    No mosque at grouind zero...now that is just stupid.

    July 19, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. melanie

    Stupid is as stupid does or should I say as stupid says?!! She is a gift that keeps on giving. Run Sarah Run!!!

    July 19, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. openminded19

    She is from the Dubya School of grammar. Oddly, I think if she were to become president, all the supporters would see just how bad she is and it'd serve them right. But I sincerely hope that doesn't happen.

    July 19, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Jim in San Mateo

    Isn't it too much to expect that a journalism major like Palin would know how to use the English language?

    July 19, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Lucas Breen

    Thanks, Sarah, for reminding the world that we are a nation of idiots.

    Do you think it was "insensitive" of the people of Oklahoma City to put crosses at the site of the bombing of the Federal Building there ... since Timothy McVeigh was a Christian?

    July 19, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Kudzu Smegma Kevlar Palin

    That's what you get after patching together a journalism degree over eight years in various community colleges.

    July 19, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. John Black Hills/SD

    We can thank McCain for the joke that's turned into a nightmare. Politicians, and Palin too make words up when they don't know what to say next, even Hispanicals who use English as their second language know. Right GW Bush.

    July 19, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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