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. ficheye

    Yeah, she stole this from Pee Wee Herman. It's just an " I meant to do that" moment. Give me and everyone else a break. Is she going to star in Dumb and Dumber 2? Will this give her license to just make things up at will? She's now a linguistic artist. Her light is so blinding!! I wait with bated breath for the next installment. I wish that she would wear shoes on her ears... then I can take her seriously.

    July 19, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. alan

    Sarah Palin - PLEASE REFUTE the racists in your party, for the sake of America.

    July 19, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. RICK FROM PA

    Why in the world does CNN continue to give this woman "press coverage" ? This is definately NOT NEWS! Hasn't she made enough money because of the media coverage. My forefathers ariived in this country in 1709 when it was a British Colony. If Sarah Palin is ever elected President of this Great Land (simply because of media coverage) then I will return to the country of my ancestors and God Help America!

    July 19, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. hayden zeke

    Repulsive – now there's a word.

    July 19, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Dan

    I clearly 'misunderestimated' the influence that Palin wields if she can now influence our language. If only she could see Merriam-Webster, instead of Russia from her front porch.

    July 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Andy25

    What an idiot? Just another example of what a lamebrained
    racist she is!

    July 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. JB

    What a maroon!

    July 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Amy Forson

    To think Sarah graduated college with a degree in communications! Too funny!

    July 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. David in Houston

    I've met houseplants with more common sense than this woman...

    July 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. hobart

    Only Republicans think such willful stupidity is a virtue.

    And on the topic of the mosque, how utterly racist and hypocritical of Sarah, to on the one hand ask peace loving Muslims to withdraw their requests, while simultaneously exhorting New Yorkers to refuse the Muslims their Mosque.

    For all her willful stupidity, Sarah is really adept at inciting hatred, racism and bigotry (and no Sarah, Ronald Reagen doesn't get to tell us racism is over; leaders of the oppressed do.)

    Sarah, why do you hate America?

    July 19, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. CR

    Sarah Palin did not pay attention during school. She is not the kind of person who belongs in any public office.

    July 19, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Karen

    I wish she would go home and take care of her family. Way too much Sarah Palin in the news.

    July 19, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Emily

    I don't see why a Mosque near ground zero would be a bad thing. Any well-informed American knows Muslims didn't cause 9/11–extremists did. Musilms do not equal terrorism.

    Stop the bigotry already.

    July 19, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. commonsense529

    Sarah, please sit down. You are an embarrassment.

    July 19, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    This woman's whole life is a gaffe and a joke. That there are people and journalists (drunken halperin comes to mind)I won't calll them smart who are debating whether she is positioning herself for 2012 is mind boggling.
    This woman has already proven time and time again that she is an empty suit. Nothing between the ears except her newly botoxed face.
    When is this madness going to stop!?!?!?!?!?!?
    So the "heartland" are the only people she speaks to?
    I guess she figures those people wouldn't know the differnece between refudiate and repudiate.
    THIS WOMAN IS AN IDIOT! THE MEDIA ARE IDIOTS AND ANYONE WHO FOLLOWS HER ARE IDIOTS!

    July 19, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Larry

    I guess the dictionary is another one those books she does not read. But hey, at least she embraces her ignorance.

    July 19, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Ed L

    Word gaffe?

    PALIN IS A GAFFE UNTO HERSELF.

    July 19, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. alex

    probably mispelled it and trying to cover it up.

    July 19, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Boo-Yah

    1) Palin's an idiot.

    2) To preach religious intolerance is
    a) Un-American and
    b) is exactly the type of hate-filled terror that led to the 9/11 tragedy.

    3) America is made up of all peoples: black, white, hispanic, gay, christian, jewish, muslim, etc. And all rights should be respected or none at all.

    We shall not become our enemy. Terrorists did this, not Muslims.

    July 19, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Robert

    Poor rich woman; a lost bullet.

    July 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Sharron

    As stupid as this woman is the people that follow her and support her are even more stupid, ignorant, they all have marbles for brains.......and this is what they want to represent our Country? A woman that can't speak clear English, that can't form a complete sentence.......Republicans you better start raising your own rebuttals to this woman or she is going to take over your Party and make you all a Laughing Stock of idiots.

    July 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Eric

    Any chance it was originally just a typo? Those of you obsessed with dissing Palin - including CNN - really can't see any point of view other than one that casts her in a negative light, can you?

    Let's go over your emails for spelling, shall we?

    July 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Vince

    At an IBM meeting years ago, guest speaker Jackie Joyner-Kersee was trying to succinctly relate her enthusiam for something she did, and she said it "gave me a lot of satisfication." She "joined" satisfied and gratiification into one fresh word. I think it should be in the dictionary.

    July 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Nick

    She is a "moran"

    July 19, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. CaliforniaBC

    Wait a second...Is Palin ACTUALLY comparing herself to Shakespeare now????

    My god, once an idiot, ALWAYS an idiot.

    July 19, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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