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. normajean

    This typically Palin situation would be funny if it were the first time and wasn't so pathetic. She is basically NOTHING but an attractive mouth with nothing behind it. She cannot speak intellegently of anything. She talks only in sound bites and if given more than ten words to say, it's either on notes ,on her hand,or a teleprompter ...and you better believe it. What really makes me sick is that this PERSON can be out there mouthing off about nothing, make thousands of dollars a word and there are millions in this country right now ,jobless , out of savings and in VERY serious condition because the Republicans don't care about the people including their own who are desperately looking for work.I'll die before I'll vote for a Republican!

    July 19, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Doctor Pickle

    re-FUD-iation ... Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt

    July 19, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. ann

    Her "hand" the she writes cheat notes on, obviously doesn't have spell check!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an idiot.....and it is very scary that so many Americans would have her run this great country.....wow....I don't fear terrorist from outside our country......the Republican party scares the Holy crap out of me..............they are trying to ruin this country.....what's left of it after 8 years of Bush and Cheney...............God help us.................

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

    This whole converasation is redensive.

    July 19, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Tom

    Republicans love this stuff from the Queen of Ignorance. It endears them to her. The heartland is stupid and revel in their stupidity.

    It's just like Bush saying "nucular" instead of nuclear.

    Only LIBERALS nitpick about these little things, right?

    July 19, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Jon

    What's scary is that there are millions of people in this country who think she would be a good president. Yikes.

    July 19, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. GDMS

    Sarah Palin is smarter then any Democrat. The Democratic Party are a bunch of morons. She has more brains in her little finger then President Obama has in his whole body. Sarah Palin for President in 2012 and bring back Americanism.

    July 19, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. don't be a suker

    While she's no genius, she IS being trashed unfairly on this 1...we AL L have botched a word here or there.....And f you say you haven't you're a liar

    July 19, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. MBW

    Yes Paul, the Tea Party has arrived and Sarah Palin is the Mad Hatter.

    July 19, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Shawn-Ga

    Definition or Irony: posting negatively about someone who made an error in our language while misspelling words in your post… Come on folks!

    July 19, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Doraine Gordon

    Refutiate isn't even a word!!! She picked that word up from John mcCain when he used it several times last November on Letterman. How stupid can you get? If you're Sarah Palin, then pretty stupid!!!

    July 19, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. rockysfan

    Hate to break it to you Sarah but the rest of the country is not as racist as you are. There were a lot of Muslims that died in 9/11 and some of them were Americans too. Shame on YOU that they should feel kicked to the curb because they don't share YOUR religion?! Shock of all shocks, Missy, this is NOT a Christian country and I'm sick to death of you and your cronies saying it is!
    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE-Crawl back under that rock in Alaska you crawled out from under.

    July 19, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. NYT:"during this election cycle big oil has paid 12.8 million in contributions, 71% to Republicans"!

    No, not a "new" word, just a moron with an ego big enough to assume if she use "big words" her feeble-minded followers will think she is really smart, as none of them know that "refudiates" is NOT an actual word.

    Just more proof this grizzly bear sow is NOT smarter than a 9th grader.

    However, don't let the gotcha' ya lamestream media, get ya down, Sweetie!

    Palin/Bachmann 2012!

    July 19, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. ME, Minneapolis, MN

    You know, everyone gets 15 minutes but usually, they're 15 minutes all together, not spread out.

    July 19, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. andrew

    she is a gaffe!!

    July 19, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Jen

    This woman is not qualified and never will be. She is a money loving, attention seeking you know what.

    July 19, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. D

    What does a mosque have to do with the Twin Towers? Little to nothing. Just because the people that committed the act were radical followers of Islam you are going to try to punish the other 99% of Muslims who aren't radical by denying them certain liberties like being able to worship without being persecuted? Isn't that what this country was FOUNDED ON?!?!? Oh my God, you call yourself the Tea Party, if our forefathers could hear you now they'd be rolling in their graves.

    July 19, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Florida Joe

    Just shows what going to four different Colleges to get a communications degree will get you............This woman is truely a MORON and needs go away..........thanks again John McInsane for giving us this idiot..............

    July 19, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Jimmy

    This is news? The last line in particular seems vapid.

    July 19, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    Delusional! She is delusional, she will never admit she is wrong. PLEASE GO AWAY ANNOYING WOMAN. We "refudiate" you.

    July 19, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. debbie

    What a nitwit. She makes W look like a rocket scientist. Of course HE got elected twice, which doesn't say much for the rest of us.

    July 19, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Jandie

    That's what you get when you go to 5 different colleges and end up without a degree!

    July 19, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. dctwmt

    Just proves her ignorance....again. And Bush's. And these are the bozos the Repubs put up for high office? NOT QUALIFIED in any way.

    July 19, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. harvey 60

    why does anyone care what this tw*t tweets? she's a walking advertisement for Dumb and Dumber.

    July 19, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Tracy from Delaware

    ...this is what happens when you attend (how many colleges Sarah)...and you believe that "I can see Russia from my house"...and you QUIT your job as Governor of the Great State of Alaska after only two years....and you tell your fellow Alaskans that you can do a better job as citizen Sarah than you can as Governor...oh yeah!
    And how is it that you plan on doing this Sarah??? Oh yeah, by giving speeches to Tea Party pukes and like minded idiots who pay you no less than six figures for your (insert laugh) thoughts!!!!
    Laugh, laugh, giggle, giggle. And, oh yeah, Alaskans ARE much better off without you.

    July 19, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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