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 jackson, alabama

    I can see right through this story you CNN
    rascals have posted. You are just jealous
    that Sarah Palin can think quicker and make up
    words quicker than you all can.
    And the fact that she has the capability to create
    words at a moments notice really tightens up your
    undies doesn't it ?
    No other candidate can think that fast or is that
    brilliant.
    Go Sarah 2012 !!!!!!

    July 19, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. JPT

    Coining a term like "idiocracy" is poetic license, combining/confusing words is ignorance. Now will someone please use the word "irregardless" in a sentence, please?

    July 19, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Scott Frohbieter

    What do you expect from this piece of cabbage? I can't wait until she has to answer questions about key issues from anyone other than Fox News, Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh, etc. I would pay money to watch her debate Obama on anything!!

    July 19, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. bennie new york

    It was only a matter of time- Palin is George W. in a skirt.

    July 19, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Mike

    People from the conservative right are so moral and close to God, they must have some special power to create new words for the English language, God endorsed of course!

    Sarcasm aside, Palin's 2nd, 3rd and fourth grade teachers ought to be ashamed!

    July 19, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Dennis

    Doesn't it make you cringe when you think the Republican's almost had her hand on the button? It is not term limits we need. It is an intelligent voter who will put intelligent people in power long enough to change the culture of America to "we the people" instead of "we the corporation" who can pay off politicans.

    July 19, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. christoff

    The same people who voted for the worst president in American history will be the same people who will vote her into office, God help this nation.

    July 19, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Lenny Pincus

    Totally calculated. She used the word a few days ago during a radio interview and nobody noticed so she repeated it. Her inarticulate speech appeals to her fans–massages their shared anti-elitist inferiority complex and makes them feel like she's one of them. Also allows her to claim heartland values even though she was born and raised in a remote outpost and participates in weird religious rituals. Brilliant politician.

    Or, perhaps, she actually is that stupid.

    July 19, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Paul

    OMG, you libs are sooooo afraid of here that this makes the news. LOL I can feel yuo shaking from here. The Tea Party has arrived!!!

    July 19, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. MBW

    Sarah Palin hasn't changed. She is just as ignorant as ever. Since she doesn't have to read , or know anything about history, to determine
    her policy positions, why should she have to consult a dictionary to know standard English words or spelling. Like all things, she just "wings" it.. Fortunately for her, her supporters do likewise.

    July 19, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Katie

    Are we surprised? Sarah is first and foremost an opportunist – jumping on any issue, any candidate, and bandwagon that looks popular enough to get her some press. She is secondly a rationalist – when called on her absurdities, her juvenile behavior, her inconsistencies or outright lies, she comes up with some kind of justification, often comparing herself to notable people. The good thing is, she's great for comic relief, the sad thing is, some people can't tell the difference between that and leadership.

    July 19, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. GL

    This was not an gaffe because she have used this word once before. This woman is stupid plan and simple along with her followers.

    July 19, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    There are those who keep saying that Palin is an incredible woman, that she's smart and intelligent and the future of America.

    Can someone tell me when will we ever see that version of her because all we've seen so far is a moron as dumb as a sack of hair?

    July 19, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Mike

    Actually Palin's gaffe seemed so "Bushlike", brings back such wonderful memories of our sorely missed "W". These are people we consider to be leadership material??? I am appalledicated at their lack of educationalism and for that matter commonsensationalism. God have mercy on all of us.

    July 19, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. RN

    she celebrates her own ignorance.
    does any one on the right see a problem here?
    If you are making up your own words it makes it hard to have a meaningful discussion. ("when we said we wanted to "huggernate" we didn't mean we were peaceful ... Sorry you don't understand our new language.")
    W did not help this country being ignorant – Sarah won't either.

    July 19, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. honest abe, wash. d.c.

    Who cares about her vocabulary.
    She's hot as a fire cracker and millions
    of Americans including myself will vote
    for her in 2012.

    July 19, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Jim S.

    "SkiDoc
    I'm all for the "refudiation" of all the libs who are so threatened by this incredible woman. Just wait until you see the "refudiation" coming this November. You betcha!!!!"
    *****************************************************88

    Incredible? Threatened? Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!!! That's good.

    Yeah, she's "incredible", all right. But not for the reasons you think.

    July 19, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Rickster

    And don't forget our dunderhead president Barack "57 States" Obama repeatedly pronounces the words corpsman as "corpse-man". Lolol...what a moron.

    July 19, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. David H

    The woman is an idiot.

    July 19, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. chef455

    The tea bag party is a joke. Palin is a joke. Birds of a feather etc........

    July 19, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. nru

    As she leads us on the race to the bottom....

    July 19, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Jason

    Another line for SNL to use in the coming months. What a complete and utter idiot this woman is. Go back to your trailer trash lifestyle and shack with your snowmobile man! Go Tina Fey!

    July 19, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Observer

    There seems to be no limit to the depth of her ignorance. We've already had one president who spoke 5th-grade English. We don't need another.

    July 19, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Jason

    @DFTycoon,

    Couldn't you say the same about Obama? You really think Palin would be worse than him thus far? I can guarantee with her we would have seen far less useless spending and more job creation.

    July 19, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. tyrone

    This is so funny. Uncle Joe has way more moments than Sarah and CNN NEVER says anything about him or the teleprompter dude!

    July 19, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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