July 20th, 2010
09:05 AM ET
8 years ago

TIME.com: The Very Best #Shakespalin Tweets

Palin says she likes to coin new words just like Shakespeare did.

Palin says she likes to coin new words just like Shakespeare did.

Sarah Palin used Twitter to laugh off accidentally coining a new word, "refudiate." She joked that since Shakespeare coined new words, why shouldn't she? Word nerds and literary buffs didn't take kindly to Palin comparing herself to Shakespeare, and turned her quip into comedic gold.

Hence, the #shakespalin hashtag, where Twitter users write Shakespearean quotes, Palin-style. Check out the quippiest (did we make that word up, too?) tweets.

Watch: Palin invents 'new' word

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  1. Ferret out the BS

    Well if Sarah had one tenth of the ability, talent, respect, and accomplishments of Shakespear people might accept that. But it is well documented that she is a celebrity idiot and just made a stupid error. She does not know the language, how to speak it, how to write it, how to formulate sentences and structure much less come up with new words that are meaningful and have purpose. Please spare us your stupidity and just leave, go back up north and stay there.

    July 20, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Anne

    How dare she liken herself to Shakespeare.............

    July 20, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    From the American People's Dictionary:

    PALINESQUE: Adj. word used to describe the stupidest action taken when there were so many other intelligent options available.


    July 20, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Jeff in Virginia

    This is pathetic!

    Why, WHY, is anybody falling for this? The former half-term Governor obviously has trouble with grammar. The truth is that she didn't know that 'refudiate' is not a word.

    Why can't she just admit it, instead of claiming to be some sort of Shakespeare? This is the lowest of excuses, and she is stomping on one of the biggest names in literature to do it.

    July 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Emerson

    There is a big difference between being a literary genius and being an uneducated buffoon, it is only the truly ignorant who cannot grasp that concept.

    July 20, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. ST

    Why don't you admit Sarah that you did not know what you were talking about. It seems all the time you are caught, you compare yourself with someone bigger than anyone can. Do you remember dropping "ink on the palm" and you said Jesus did the same. Now you are Shakespeare with your non-existence word! Something is not OK with you, I presume!

    July 20, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. jim

    new word creation is fine. tho the comparison to shakespeare is quite a stretch. I'm more inclined to compare her to william sommers who was a court jester for henry the 8th.

    July 20, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. LOL in Texas

    Wonder which staffer wrote her reference to Shakespeare? She's probably never heard of him until now.

    July 20, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. MAhole

    The "twitta from Wasilla" just proves that not only when she opens her mouth, stupid comes out, but when she texts the result is the same!!

    July 20, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |

    At least she didn't read it off a scrolling machine while she was struggling between words to figure out what they were.

    July 20, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. Clownboy in Austin

    Im sure the Bard would get a good laugh out of this garden tool.I do think she could hum Dixie while chewing gum though.hahaha

    July 20, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She doesn't come close to being on the same level of Shakespeare. He wrote plays, sonnetts and other works that live on today. I sincerely doubt that this ideologue will really received the same respect and following several months, years or more after her word creations have made it in her tweets.

    July 20, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. RTB

    The Alaskan Air Head has spoken.

    Is there any question that this Bimbo is speaking from a vast vacuum.

    July 20, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Dave

    Palin's only hope for 2012 is to continue to "dumb down" enough voters that she might have at least a snowball's chance in ....

    July 20, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Jim Arnold

    William Shapespeare came to me in a dream last night and had this to say about Sister Sarah's comment about him:

    Thou venomed crook-pated withered-hag!

    July 20, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Dano

    Can someone please tell me why this ignorant woman's opinion on ANYTHING is worth reporting on? She is not educated or wise, she has no real political experience other than being mayor of Wasala and 1/2 term as governor of Alaska, she has acheived nothing of merit, nor has she done anything of value to humanity. Yet CNN and her clueless followers seem to hang on her every word as if she is going to impart some deep wisdom that will make the world a better place. Talk about a Messiah complex, she is so full of...herself, that I think she actually believes she has something of importance to contribute. Either that or she's laughing at all the fools who throw money at her feet just to hear her "refudiate" them!

    July 20, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. doug

    marine corps!!! said like a dead body

    goes along well with our 57 states.

    Oh, I guess this is racist, since lib lib can't ever counter the truth and facts.

    July 20, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. The Hof

    Maybe she should have talked about Obama giving her chills running up her legs. Christ Matthews could help her with that, right after Keith Olbermann recovers from rabies and Rachel Maddow decides, once and for all, what gender s/he really is.

    July 20, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. IS

    Truly this woman has delusions of grandeur. What a complete nitwit to think she is comparable to Shakespeare. She probably never read Shakespeare.

    July 20, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. James West

    Sarah Palin on Twitter – When the Twit Tweets.

    July 20, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Anonymous

    She's not inventing a new word, don't let her pull the wool over
    anyone's eyes. She just didn't know the word. And people keep
    talking about this half literate witt running for President.

    July 20, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. PalmReader

    I happily await this fool named Sarah Palin to receive her much needed comeuppance.

    She has been in the national spotlight much too long.

    July 20, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. carlos

    and her stupid followers embrace her stupidity. laughable, to say the least......teatards......wake up and get a coffee enema, that will refresh your brains.......

    July 20, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. Michael

    Shakespeare coined original words where the lexicon had a gap. Palin was trying to use existing words but failed, and is now trying to cover up a demonstration of ignorance.
    I don't know which is worse: Palin bragging about being ignorant, or Palin actually trying to fool people smarter than she into believing that she suddenly is a literary genius.

    July 20, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. Bobert


    (Sorry, I'm laughing that CNN would actually report something like this, more than Sarah Palin comparing herself to Shakespeare. What a world this is coming too.)

    July 20, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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