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. GL

    She should know that most college student on twitters and she is going to get talked about badly by the young people in this country and their is no way they will vote this woman into the White House. She is not liked by the young adults in this country they things she is very stupid.

    July 19, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Paul Ernest Show

    Well, she has to prepare to run for president. So she has to make up her vocabularies like George Bush. The "misunderestimated " and other stuff. That represents the stuff Republicans are made of. Always sending us their dumbest to the Whitehouse and expecting us to follow. I hope Sarah Palin is here to make her own money briefly and retire back to Alaska. For the sake of America, she should never be encouraged to run for presidency.

    July 19, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Independent In Albany

    All part or her strategery

    July 19, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Dennis

    It is sad when you have to refer to George W's "butcherment" of the English language to provide cover for your own "idiostocary."

    July 19, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Paul

    I would take Dan Qualye in a heartbeat compared to that socialist community agitator. November cant come soon enough.

    July 19, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. adam

    This is a prayer:

    Dear GOD,
    Please don't get this woman elected and force her on us; there is no other place for us to immigrate to.

    July 19, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Ezra

    Just goes to show you that in America you can be dumb as dirt and still make millions – just have to find a bunch of people even dumber that you to give you some of theirs. What has this country become when someone like this has a following. Sad, really.

    July 19, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. jerseylou

    HELP.....John McCain you can take the paper bag off your head now.We all know it's you hiding under there,thank you for shoving this Idiot down America's throat. Cnn can we all go home now ?

    July 19, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. ARJAY

    I wonder if she "refudiates" the idea that Africa is a country? At what point does this woman's stupidity become too much even for Republicans? Please keep it up Sarah. You are providing the fuel necessary for independents to vote Democratic next election. Please, please run for office again. Oh pleeezzz...

    July 19, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Orlando Patriot

    Let those who have never misspelled a text cast the first stone....

    This is news? This is the BEST the lame stream media can come up with to try and criticize the Republicans? Why doesn't the media do their job telling us how this incompetent president plans to fix this economy, secure our borders, protect us from our enemies (Iran, N. Korea), etc. The problem is Obama has NEVER had to actually be a leader and it shows. His whole life has been "blame the white guy" or "blame the rich". Now he finally is finding out he couldn't lead himself out of a paper bag and the media doesn't even call him out on his incompetence. So the solution is to IGNORE everything important in this world right now and find out if Sarah Palin can spell a particular word? Unbelievable........

    July 19, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. ATL Guy

    She's an idiot. She just doesn't know it.

    July 19, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Dennis

    Jason, I care!!!!!!! My life could have been in her hands!!!!!! Pretty scary stuff. Get your brains out of your pecker.

    July 19, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Gymo

    Folks we dodged a bullet when Palin and the old guy lost :)
    My faith is reinforced (or should I say, rejefored) that we are a lucky nation.

    July 19, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. slappy white

    Willfully-ignorant.

    The perfect face for the teabagger crowd.

    July 19, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Carol

    This woman is an idiot. The ones that follow her are bigger idiots. I admit though, she’s always good for a laugh.

    July 19, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. GL

    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.

    Of course she is not going to back away from this just like she didn't when she got caught writing on her hand on national TV. She keep joking about it hoping people will only see if as funny not stupid. Well Sara Palin you are seen as stupid no matter how you try to clean it up.

    July 19, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Brian Orlando

    So since the terrorist were muslim, I guess other muslims should be treated differently? McVeigh was a christian can we treat them differently?

    July 19, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Ted D

    How it is that anyone continues to pay attention to anything coming from this person is beyond me. The press continues to cover Palin's inane comments even though she obviously lacks both knowledge of issues and the native intelligence to discuss them thoughtfully. You could walk over to your grocery store and find dozens of people more informed and insightful than Palin, but you're not going to see any of them on the news.

    For the love of God, CNN and other media sources, stop giving this woman any credibility by giving her your platform.

    July 19, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    You have to admire Obama for his spelling and mastery of the English language and oratory skills.

    I admire Sarah Palin for her grasp of the role of government in America and her ideas about politicians working for the people instead of people working so that politicians can give the farm away.

    You can have the lawyer in chief. I'll take someone who will work for the good of the people and the country.

    July 19, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Fran

    I can't believe she gets paid to do what she does. Be herself which translates to "stupid". She is "refudiating." or is that repulsive? or perhaps I mean revoltiating.?

    July 19, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Mark

    Oh, she makes it so easy to not like her, as well as to think she doesn't have too much going on upstairs. Politicians, even dumb politicians, know better than to "constantly" put their shoes in their mouth...so if she isn't even a dumb politician, what is she? One gaffe or unintelligent statement, I can overlook; twice I can even overlook; even three times I overlook but when it becomes so routine that it becomes expected from the person is quite telling...

    July 19, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    This is a college graduate? This woman needs to be ignored. Then she compares herself to Shakespeare?!? This woman is a complete idiot and so are her loyal followers who don't want to admit the truth about her. She gave one good speech, written by someone else and these right wing nuts think she has a brain and also.......you betcha

    July 19, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. slappy white

    Sweet Jesus! What was John McCain THINKING??

    July 19, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Shawn-Ga

    Before you rip her too much do not forget the President once said we had 57 states... People misspeak.. so what?

    July 19, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Ezra

    This Islamist Center is 2 blocks away from ground-zero ! Personally, I would not care if we tore town all the churches, Mosques and Synagogues in this country – nothing but trouble, but you really have to be looking hard for an insult when it's 2 blocks away. They have every right in this country to build theri center if they have money and a buildong permit. get over it.

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