Monday, November 15, 2010

New Oxford American Dictionary: Sarah Palin's “Refudiate” Named Word Of The Year

Sarah Palin has been racking up major accomplishments all year, including becoming the leader of the nation's movement to regain control of our runaway government.

Sarah Palin is a wildly successful political leader, best selling author, top political pundit, and now she can add certified wordsmith to her accomplishments.

If you remember, as the debates were heating up to stop the Obama regime's dangerous agenda, Sarah called on folks to refudiate Obama and his policies. Of course, the left went insane, because she made up a word, especially after she tweeted that Shakespeare created new words all of the time. The entertainment value of watching the left lose it's collective mind was simply priceless.

It was made even more delicious when British MEP Daniel Hannan, a self proclaimed Shakespearean obsessive, and a member of the European Parliament came out in support of the word writing:

I am thoroughly taken with Sarah Palin’s neologism. People often incorrectly use the word “refute” to mean something like “deny” or “reject“, only stronger. We could do with a new word to fill this gap and, since both “refute” and “repudiate” are already occupied with their actual meanings, neither can be pressed into service. “Refudiate” occupies the space perfectly, and deserves to become part of every politician’s vocabulary.

The handsome Alaskan politician is quite right to say that Shakespeare came up with countless new-fangled words – including “countless” and “new-fangled“. Among his coinages, as far as we can tell, are accommodation, assassinate, denote, dislocate, equivocal, eventful, hobnob, inauspicious, lacklustre, laughable, perplex, raw-boned, submerge, time-honoured, unmitigated and zany.

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The staff of the New Oxford American Dictionary has named "refudiate" - former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's mashup of "refute" and "repudiate" - as the 2010 Word of the Year.

From a strictly lexical interpretation of the different contexts in which Palin has used 'refudiate,' we have concluded that neither 'refute' nor 'repudiate' seems consistently precise, and that 'refudiate' more or less stands on its own, suggesting a general sense of 'reject.' "

Palin, also a Republican former vice presidential candidate, generated lots of conversation when she used the word on Twitter. Slate calls Palin's use of the word "an unquestionable buzzmaker."

We wrote at the time that Sarah Palin, with all of her many skills, was a real renaissance woman. I'm sure anyone who watched her brand new TLC travelogue will agree. This is a woman who can successfully govern a city and a state, inspire a nation, write best selling books, hunt, fish, climb mountains, and create new words with the proficiency and staying power of the Bard of Avon himself.

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