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. SFRich

    Sarah Pain is da bomb... da nucular bomb.

    July 19, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Tom Dalton

    Wow, such an intellect that she is creating new words for the English languages versus knocking around the words we've been using for years... that is breakthrough thinking for sure...

    July 19, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Liberals are poison

    Just what this country needs, another mosque; but this one built on the ashes of the worst terrorist strike on American soil. All by the members of the "religion of peace." How peaceful are they when they perform female genital mutilation? How about banning women and girls from an education? Or not allowing women to drive? Or for women to be in public without a male family member? Or forced marraige when they are 12 or 13 to someone 4-6 times their age? Where is the NOW cows protesting them. How about the American Medical Association allowing for the
    small "nick" on female babies? You sick appeasing leftists will be the undoing of this country; but we will have the last word and our revolution begins on November 2, 2010 at the ballot box. Stand back there is a stampede of elephants getting ready to trample you jackasses.

    July 19, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Huh? Just when we thought she couldn't come up with anything dumber.

    July 19, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Linda M

    Palin is "fighting for this nation"? You make me laugh! She's fighting for her pocketbook. We have not heard one valid solution from her as to how she'd address any current issues. We only know her dismal history. America's future in her hands? NO thanks; we want progress; not backwards thinking.

    July 19, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. john Burt

    I had thought "refudiation" was just a typo for "repudiation." But since she replaced it with "refute" rather than with "repudiate" I think she really did just make up a word.

    July 19, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Rov

    I really dislike her. I know this is milk-toast compared to the other comments but I just wanted to say that I really find her ignorant in many things and the things she does know seem to be twisted for some political partisan ambition to control others and be worshipped. There are a few twisted devils lurking about that should be put out to pasture. Palin, Cheney and Rush lean the way in silent support of abortion. These are seeds that should not be sown any more.

    July 19, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. weptiger

    CNN has just got to drop all of the Palin coverage. It is giving me tired head. The network seems to go overboard in pointing out every little problem with Palin. As a conservative, I'll admit her flaws are obvious.

    The rest of you folks you are a bunch of hypocrites. If an article such as this was written outlining the President's gaffs you would be on here all up in arms about the "negative reporting". or "racist" nature of the comments. Keep it consistent people.

    July 19, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Bill

    Maybe she should have written some notes in her hand before she tweeted

    I blame John McCain for creating this idiot

    July 19, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Wisconsinite - the GObP Loves Big Oil, But Hates Suffering Americans

    Stupid is as Sarah does.

    July 19, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. YoMama

    This grizzly reta-rded mor-0n with lipstick needs to be REFUDIATED!!! Fit to be leader of the id10ts!

    July 19, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. MikeMazzla

    I love it how she tries to pull Obama in when he used the word wee weed up. Obviously Obama was not using a word that he thought was real but obviously slang. Palin and obviously Bush used words that they think are real words, thenn back track when called out on it.
    Call me crazy but I like my Presidents to be able to speak well...but I know the Republicans cater to those who dont speak very well and make fun of all that book learnin stuff

    July 19, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. dick delson

    I'm amazed this woman can find her way home at night. She really is an idiot.

    July 19, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Ted T.

    CNN, please in the future when introducing palin in a story line as the former republican vice president nominee she should also be refered to as the "Drop Out" ex-governor as well.

    July 19, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Mike, Albany

    First you have to understand the English language and all of its nuances before you can coin new words. William Shakespeare clearly had an unusually deep command of the language, and so he was allowed poetic license to introduce new elements into the language as he saw fit. You, madam, are NO William Shakespeare. Keith Olbermann is right: You, madam, are an idiot.

    July 19, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Moderate

    No she didn't add new words to the English language. It would be ignorant to assimilate words into our lexicon to validate a 1.4 GPA idiot narrowly able to graduate. CNN, why report such dribble? Surely there are substantive articles or conversations we could be having. Honestly, it seems every word this woman utters demands a headline. I file this with Taliban Monkeys or Big Foot raids grocery store for Twinkies. Please for goodness sakes enough with the Palin watch. Hasn’t this woman be laughed at enough?

    July 19, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Really?

    I love the words nukular & strategery,

    This just in...

    Sarah Palin blew her nose and wipe with tissue!!! Oh the horror!!!

    Let see?? who said we had 57 states? Who said in Sunrise Florida " How you doing "Sunshine Florida". Answer Obama!!!

    Gee where were the Gaffe police that are out in full force today calling Sarah an idiot? Did you guys call your Messiah Obama an idiot!!!?

    No he's the intellect that does not know how many states there are in USA. I would demand a refund fr Harvard!!!

    July 19, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Liberals are poison

    Bob in VA:
    BTW, he's your president not mine, I didn't vote for him."

    Ignorant comment of the day. He's still your president. What an unamerican thing to say. Pathetic.
    ----------------------------
    I guess as "pathetic" as the Dixie Chicks in England saying they were ashamed to be from Texas like GW Bush? Or like the bumper stickers and signs that the left saying the same thing about Bush not being "their" president? I guess you liberals don't like when the same rhetoric is used against your messiah. Enjoy "your" president until Gov. Blago spills the beans on him or when his illegal corruption is investigated after January 20th 2011.

    July 19, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. welches, oregon

    To: Sue who posted the below:

    All of you people are so funny. You can't stand her so therefore she's and "idiot."
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    now i see why you like her...and you're and idiot.

    July 19, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Tony 140

    Yes and look at what a Harvard education and eloquence with the teleprompter is getting us................

    July 19, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Lawrence

    If that's the worst she does, we can rejoice!!

    July 19, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. john, new mexico

    @liberalsarepoison, you my friend are more poisonous to this country than any terrorist. Do not vote because we see what you did in 2004 and you left the gates open for bush inc to destroy the country we all love. People like you are too stupid to be trusted with the power to vote. Go rotate the tires on your trailer home because that's about all you're good at.

    July 19, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. greggnportland

    I'm not sure who is more ignorant, offensive, and dangerous: Sarah Palin or the Tea Party Morons who worship and adore her.

    July 19, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Yeoman Johnson

    Palin-Jindal 2012. Let that sink in.

    July 19, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Vonnie Chapman

    How does that clown stay in the public eye? I wish the media would stop reporting on her antics so that she might fade back away. Without the hype, she might get bored. I'm certainly bored with hearing that she still has nothing worth hearing!

    July 19, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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