Daily Archives: July 19, 2010

palin = shakespeare?

at least she thinks so…

Palin invents word ‘refudiate,’ compares herself to Shakespeare
By Matt DeLong at The Washington Post
The Twittersphere erupted Sunday when former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tweeted that “peaceful Muslims” should “refudiate” the mosque being built in New York City near where the Twin Towers once stood. Palin found herself the butt of many tweets, as refudiate, of course, is not a word in the English language.

After deleting the offending tweet, Palin replaced it with another calling on “peaceful New Yorkers” to “refute the Ground Zero mosque plan,” which only added to the confusion because it would appear the word she was looking for was “repudiate.” Then came the kicker: To quell the vicious Twitter-ribbing she was receiving, Palin unleashed yet another tweet comparing herself to no less than the Bard of Avon.

Her tweet: “”Refudiate,” “misunderestimate,” “wee wee’d up.” English is a living language. Shakespeare likes to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!”

Naturally, this led to a very entertaining Twitter meme, #ShakesPalin, in which participants revamped classic Shakespeare quotes, Palin-style (and of which Reason’s The Cato Institute’s Julian Sanchez was arguably the champion (see below)).

A good time had by all.

As a postscript, Mediaite points out that this is not the first time Palin has used the word “refudiate.” (Watch at the 1:05 mark).

To suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous liberals, or to quit halfterm, and by opposing, rake in speaking fees
#shakespalin
about 22 hours ago via Twittelator

normative
Julian Sanchez