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. Anonymous

    Keith said it best, "this woman is an idiot."

    July 19, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Her daughter is afraid of her - her father is afraid of her.

    Is there intimidation or abuse going on in that family? Why are people afraid to talk? Is there neglect? Who takes care of her younger children?

    Do many questions, and CNN just follows her stupid mouth.

    July 19, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. welches, oregon

    it took this twit six years to get a BA – what do you espext?

    LOL!

    @ WARNING, AMERICA WAKE UP
    wake up Warning, Palin is an idiot and you can justify it anyway you like but she remains an idiot – this is why she will never even get on the Repugs' primary.

    Why don't you start thinking with your brain instead of your head.

    July 19, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. hobart

    >BTW, he's your president not mine, I didn't vote for him. I'm a third generation American, family came here legally; my family never owned slaves and I don't owe anybody reparations. Put that in your bong and puff on it.

    Gee, how irrelevant and off topic. As long as we're comparing notes, yes, he is my president and yours, I did vote for him, and my ancestors have been here since the 1600s, before we were a nation. So put that in your smoking device of choice, but don't inhale.

    July 19, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Big George in Big D

    All you liberal dufusses better wise up! Palin is tied with Nobama in a DEMOCRATIC poll for 2012!!

    July 19, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. JonDie

    Bummer. The person will spell checks Palin's hand is now out of work.

    July 19, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. CaptainObvious

    Forget about the abuse of the English language. Sarah seems to be against religious freedom. She's advocating for imposing limits on where you can practice your religion. Last I checked, that is very much illegal here in the US (see 1st Amendment of the Constitution...)

    July 19, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. susie

    As she says herself she is just a pitbull with lipstick. What else should we expect from her – intelligence ??

    July 19, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Trudie Hayes

    She's funny, she should get her own sitcom, or at the very least she could get her whole family on the Jerry Springer show. Keep talking Palin, the smarter people already have you all figured out.....

    July 19, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. GL

    This woman is a moron.

    July 19, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. AK Lisa

    did someone finally tell her "refudiate" is not a word? she used the same word on Hannity's fixed news show, when she said, the Obama's should refudiate the claim that the tea party is racist. dumb, dee dee dumb, dumb!

    July 19, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Bob, Virginia

    "July 19th, 2010 4:24 pm ET

    All of you people are so funny. You can't stand her so therefore she's and "idiot." Well, this "idiot" is laughing all the way to the bank.
    She's smarter than any of you. Are any of you millionaires? Did any of you run a state? I think not."

    She's a millionaire because she knows how to fleece idiots like you. So we get to laugh at her AND you!

    July 19, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. welches, oregon

    @ jersey joe

    newsflash for ya – Failin' Palin is not a Gov – she served 1/2 of her term and QUIT when things started getting hard.

    Why do these conservatives continue to defend an idiot? I guess it just shows their intellectual level. Too funny.

    July 19, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Vince

    Did she actually compare herself to Shakespeare? He's from England....can you see that from your house?

    July 19, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Freethinker

    LMAO @ "Liberals are Poison" He is your president "doofus" whether you voted for him of that traitor to America John Sidney McLame.

    Bush wasn't my president, because, well we all know that SCOTUS elected him!

    Let me give you some information, America is NOT, WAS NOT and NEVER will be a conservative nation. You see, those who started America had nary an ounce of conservatism in mind when it came to starting a new country. They left England because of the oppressive nature of the religion there. Something that you Republicants are trying to do here and now to all of America. The Republicants, Tea Mongers and GOPers will destroy America from within. YOU must be stopped. Bush started this holy war while on vacation in August of 2001 on his ranch in Texass. Now you want to "escalate" it! Go away GOP, Palin and those religious whackos you invite in. I don't see much color on the White side of the aisle, aka GOP!

    July 19, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Please stop calling ms palin a moron! That is just so wrong to call somebody with an IQ less than a moron a moron. She is more like an imbicile!

    July 19, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Rob Johnson

    Twitter is the perfect communication forum for illiterates, and as such, is the natural habitat of someone like Palin.

    July 19, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. wendy miller

    Palin is in for an inch, in for a mile. It's not just the refudiate tweet. She also posted this gem: Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real

    Refute the mosque plan? Exactly what does she mean? Refute generally means to prove incorrect in argument. Not exactly the best word choice for what she's asking.

    Not to mention the proposed mosque is two city blocks from Ground City. Does she realize how big a city block is?

    Does New York City want Palin to be its spokesperson? I don't think so.

    July 19, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Rob R

    "...and if the real thing don't do the trick, you better make up something quick, you're gonna burn to the wick...barracuda..."

    July 19, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. jscott

    She is an idiot!!!

    July 19, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. ja

    palin claimed to be an evangelical christian and raised more false hell than the devil himself, now with that said white christians in america left church on sunday and hung black americans, not to many years ago therefore let the folk build the center

    July 19, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Pinkberry

    What else is new...word salad, etc. Journalism my foot!

    July 19, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. D

    To: Sue who posted the below:

    All of you people are so funny. You can't stand her so therefore she's and "idiot." Well, this "idiot" is laughing all the way to the bank.
    She's smarter than any of you. Are any of you millionaires? Did any of you run a state? I think not.
    -----------------------------–
    Is Sarah Palin a millionaire? Not a chance. Did she run a state? Poorly, for 2 years, then quit. She is an idiot and the only reason she's laughing is probably because she watched a monkey throw some feces at someone on the TV. But you are right she is probably smarter than 30-40% of this country because they are morons for actually liking/listening to her and agreeing.

    July 19, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Are any of you millionaires?"

    I'm not, but I still have my dignity...whereas Chickenhead Little passed hers like a kidney stone about 20+/- months ago.

    July 19, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Tony in Maine

    I cannot believe I'm still paying attention to this zero.

    July 19, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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