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. Citizen in Portland

    "Stupid is as stupid does." Yep that about describes her.

    July 19, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Doug

    Have any of you geniuses even considered even one conservative principle? Oh, I forgot, you'd rather spend your time going on at length about a made up word. How many of you have published best sellers? How many of you are in a position to swing elections? There is definitely some ignorance at work here and I'm pretty sure where it is.

    July 19, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. beevee

    This just shows how ignorant and stupid Sarah palin is. Any one who thinks that she is qualified to become the president of the USA should think again.

    July 19, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. dom

    "Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn't it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland?

    Heartland? Since when is Alaska in the Heartland of America???? The gall of this egotistical narcissist to imply New Yorkers are not as sensitive to 9/11 as she, Queen of the Heartland (read: white Christian real Americans,) is. As if only she and her folk are the only ones who care!

    FWIW, Sarah, you let the terrorists win when you start oppressing our citizens' right to religious freedom. That includes all the non-Christian denominations. Also.

    July 19, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Uncle Ellsworthey

    I daresay most of the people posting negative comments on here would not have recognized this as not being a word if they hadn't been told by the article. Such is the intelligence level of most of the comments expressed on here.

    July 19, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Palin is a Democratic 'plant' to disembowel the Republican Party. (It's the only sense I can make of her prominence).

    July 19, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Jeff

    It's all just part of Palin's "strategery."

    July 19, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. steven harnack

    She can't even take responsibility for an obvious mistake, she has to invent a reason for it. If she were to be caught red-handed with her hand in the cookie jar she would swear that she was putting cookies into the jar.

    July 19, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    Jason is delusional!

    July 19, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. MartiM, TX

    "Palin's original tweet remains missing from her Twitter page. Some of Shakespeare's works are lost too."

    Really? CNN, are you REALLY comparing Palin to Shakespeare?

    REALLY?

    July 19, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Massachusetts Conservative

    Dominican Mama-

    For the countless times you have butchered the English language on here...you really should keep quiet on this one.

    July 19, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Buster Bloodvessel

    God, she is such a dimwit. Please tell me you guys are only pretending to think she's a presidential candidate?

    July 19, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. daveingrantspass

    I can cede you lib'rals add it again.Just cause she donut use the wry words accordian you dunnit mangy 'n trite. Wyden Jew all Goa Way?

    (say it fast)

    July 19, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. JM

    Because no one in the history of the world muchless this message board has ever made a typo.......right.....

    July 19, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Observer

    It's amazing how many Republicans believe that the president of the United States thinks there are 57 states. Most people are bright enough to realize that he tried to correct his original "fifty" back to "forty-seven" and failed to change the "fifty" while he backed out states from his count.

    How can they claim the president is ignorant when THEY are the ones who claim to BELIEVE he thinks that?

    July 19, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Antonio

    Will someone please tell me why it is so important for the media to report it everytime this dimwit breaks wind? She won't even give an interview to the mainstream media, so why should they pay any attention at all to her. I swear she gets more useless attendion than Lohan, Spears, and Paris Hilton combined. Give it a rest, please!!! She is an accident of history. She is only in our consciousness because John McCain had a senior moment two years ago. Let's pay attention to the real problems facing our country and leave this clown to her "devoted followers."

    July 19, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Realistic

    Everyone please relax. She made a mistake and the real idiot is John McCain. He probably would of done better if he had picked someone who knew how to debate, do TV interviews etc. john McCain will always be remembered for unleashing her on America and giving Obama an easy path to the WH. S. John McCain you owe america a huge apology. And palin is no idiot, she is making a mint, has millions of followers who regurgitate her insanity and is laughing all the wasy to the bank. Idiot? No...A leader? No way...Fun to watch? Yes...Americans needs a laugh once in awhile and between her and Biden, we are getting a ton of it....

    July 19, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. The Unsub

    Obama will win a second term. The Tea Party is not a factor and neither is Pailin.

    The only threat coming from the Repubs. is Colin Powell. He has the respect of all the parties.

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

    her next tweet will be that the left-wing media and/or Katie Courik caused her to tweet a word that doesn't exist. gheez.

    July 19, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. D.

    Cute combination! (regardless of content and politics).

    July 19, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. BobH

    I despise Sarah Palin, but I kind of like "refudiate."

    July 19, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. foghorn

    That woman is about as sharp as a sack of wet mice.

    July 19, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. tcaros

    She's absolutely hilarious. She would make a great Saturday Night Live comic. all she has to do is be herself and talk seriously. The rest of us would be laughing uncontrollably at her while she winks at joe six pack.

    July 19, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. John

    Doesn't the idiot have spell check?

    July 19, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. GL

    Me July 19th, 2010 3:35 pm ET

    This woman made a typo not a new workd!
    But since it's out therer, gotta run wiht it now!
    -----------------------------------–

    Sorry this was not a typo – she use that word during a interview with Hannity. Go listen to the interview yourself.

    July 19, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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