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. Jack in Des Moines, IA

    Why do you people always take the bait?

    July 19, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Liberals are poison

    You sick liberals make a new dictionary for ebonics and call her an idiot. You sick scumbags are always the same people posting on this ever-shrinking newsrag (news being highly filtered and leftist tinged). You slugs are either part of the 43% of Americans who don't pay income taxes and live off of welfare checks, or are stealing from your employers and writing this on the company time-clock.

    July 19, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Rob in Warwick

    and I'm sure she will start popping up all over again blaming this on the bad ol liberal media.

    She plays victimhood to new heights.

    July 19, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Joe in PA

    On Sarah's keyboard, the "p" is next to the "f", so it really was just a simple typo!!

    July 19, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Steve in Texas

    Does this mean that her soon-to-be-son-in-law is an in-law of ill refute?
    At first I was so sick of her, now I want her to become the nominee of the GOP with Rick Perry of TX as her running mate. This will be so much fun.

    July 19, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Unsub July 19th, 2010 4:11 pm ET

    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
    --------------------------------

    You said a mouthful. Absolutely correct. No contenders AND no brains out there on the Rethglikkklan side of the fence. Just Pretty Sarah.

    It's a done deal for real: OBAMA IS IN LIKE FLYNN!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. oklahoma

    Loves how palin is pimping the media and the retards

    July 19, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. sskrill

    Sarah said something stupid? You lie.

    July 19, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. 'Bama Grandma

    Palin is the poster child for American education reform.

    July 19, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Observer

    "I understooded her"
    - Geoge W. Bush

    July 19, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. larry

    if someone else had done this....they would be called stupid but with Palin it's creating her own words.....CNN you can do better...call it what it is.

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

    She's such a dolt!!!

    July 19, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. sue

    All of you people are so funny. You can't stand her so therefore she's and "idiot." Well, this "idiot" is laughing all the way to the bank.
    She's smarter than any of you. Are any of you millionaires? Did any of you run a state? I think not.

    July 19, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. J.Crobuzon

    I've read Shakespeare. I've performed Shakespeare. Shakespeare is a friend of mine, and lady, you are NO Shakespeare.

    July 19, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put us in the ditch, why would working Americans hand the keys back to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

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

    CNN, this made me chuckle, and in this case, so is the "author's" mind!

    July 19, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. troyo33

    Sarah Palin....the gift that keeps on giving.

    July 19, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Greg in MO

    She's not smart like Obama and his "corpse" of economic advisors.

    July 19, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Arietta from MI

    What's most hilarious is that I'd bet my next whole paycheck that *no* Muslims ANYWHERE are following this twit on twitter.

    July 19, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Santa Fean

    She is very funny. Glad she represents the Republican future! She and "awol" would have made a great pair, eh?

    July 19, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Jimbo (The Real One)

    July 19th, 2010 3:41 pm ET

    Who cares? Twitter isn't meant to be correct eng language newayz. Besides, get beyond the use of the English language and get to the point of the message. What is said matters, how it is said is irrelevant. Obama's inability to correctly utilize the English language and his continual ability to misguide and misdirect is astonishing, yet I don't see many articles about his use of the English language. Without his teleprompter he is gaffe waiting to happen!
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    Nathan, can you just imagine what will happen th Palin if she runs for President and has to Face Obama in a debate about issues? Even she knows that she doesn't have the intelligence to match him which is why she won't do an interview with any other source than the ones that throw her "softball" questions. Quit hiding behind Fox News Sarah. Let's hear what you have to say on 60 minutes... I didn't think you'd like that idea...

    July 19, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Mike Breen

    Try as she might, she'll never be the equal of GW at mangling the English language...

    July 19, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Joey

    I hate her.

    July 19, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Surely this isn't really news. Everytime she opens her mouth she has Palin-Syndrome- the inability to communicate in sentences or phrases that make sense.
    To pick on this one word is almost laughable.

    July 19, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Refudiate Stupidity

    And her fans think she can run the most powerful nation in the history of the world.

    July 19, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. JP

    This article is just to make sure people keep reading. Put Palin out there and all the wingnuts have to make their comments about her perceived intellect. And you did it.

    July 19, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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