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. jeff in sf

    It's not just that Palin doesn't do her homework, it's also that she's too oblivious to even spellcheck it. Not just stupid but lazy, too.

    July 19, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Hendrik

    And this moron's 15 minutes of fame are not yet gone?

    We are in deep trouble when the media allows this twit to stuff her pockets full of money and contribute nothing to any reasoned discussion.

    July 19, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Elliott

    And just think......she has a degree in journalism. Holy George Bush in a skirt, batman.....

    July 19, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Jeff

    She's such a moron.

    July 19, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Texas Doc

    You have to admire her determitude.

    July 19, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Lee in Ohio

    oh she is just such an idiot. i really hope she runs in 2012. bet president obama hopes she does, too.

    July 19, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. jummai Yahya

    'Refudiate'? can definately not be likened to Obama's 'wee-wee'd up' Palin, just own up, as usual, you have no idea!

    July 19, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Priscilla

    Ain't she just a gem? You bet'ch!!

    July 19, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. EBC

    Sarah Palin just proved that her journalism degree isn't worth squat!!! Refudiate? Really Sarah? Did you even check the dictionary FIRST??

    AND this is who REPUBLICANS and TEA BAGGERS deem as qualified to run our country?

    You can tote a pig around in classy designer clothes, etc., but at the end of the day, despite all the "designer" foo-foo, the PIG with lipstick is still a dumber than a rock.

    July 19, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. WARNING, AMERICA WAKE UP

    So what's wrong with this. People do get things wrong every once in a while. Palin is no different. Bush was wrong in his politics. Obama is way out in left field and can't find his way back. Right or wrong Palins is out there fighting for this nation that she loves. She does not have intentions of destroying it as has the Obamas.

    July 19, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Why call her the former governor of Alaska? She was the HALF term governor of Alaska.

    July 19, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Me

    This woman made a typo not a new workd!
    But since it's out therer, gotta run wiht it now!

    July 19, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. geecee

    Will her stupidity never end? This Woman is an Idiot!

    July 19, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Linda M

    New word? Since when does sheer ignorance allow for "new" word creation? This woman prooves her stupidity nearly everytime she opens that big trap. I guess my comment will get me tagged as a big bad "liberal" but I'm merely a teacher who finds Palin to be a poor example to children.

    July 19, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. John

    How Quaylian

    July 19, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. bob

    While I don't think it a wise choice to put the Mosque there either, Sarah Palin is just a plain idiot.

    July 19, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. kd

    She's an idiot.

    July 19, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Sir Craig

    She's comparing her gaffe to Shakespeare? This woman is the very embodiment of clueless...

    July 19, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. dcmisty

    Who says you have to have a command of the English language to be a politican!! In fact, those who are smart enough to not only understand and correctly speak our language but also understand Shakespeare probably wouldn't be politicians! Doesn't take a high IQ to be in politics!

    July 19, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Mark

    Sounds like "W" in drag!!

    July 19, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Larry

    LOL. That's our refudiatin' gal!

    July 19, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Brijhy

    Sarah, on behalf of ALL well thinking Americans, we repudiate you.

    July 19, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. ccm123

    Wow, I find it hard to believe she does not know how to spell. You'd figure four different colleges in five years would have taught her that. Oh well, that's a maverick for you. She is such a diva she can make up her own words. Do us all a favor Sarah, please be quiet.

    July 19, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. Jared

    Sarah Palin ain't William Shakespeare...unless Shakespeare was a bumbling, incompetent, attention-starved idiot.

    July 19, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Nathan

    Who cares? Twitter isn't meant to be correct eng language newayz. Besides, get beyond the use of the English language and get to the point of the message. What is said matters, how it is said is irrelevant. Obama's inability to correctly utilize the English language and his continual ability to misguide and misdirect is astonishing, yet I don't see many articles about his use of the English language. Without his teleprompter he is gaffe waiting to happen!

    July 19, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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