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Sarah Palin Defends 'Refudiate', Compares Herself to Shakespeare for Making Up New Words


After being called out for using the non-word "refudiate," Sarah Palin is now comparing herself to Shakespeare, scolding us and saying we should all celebrate the expansion of the English language.

Over the weekend she dropped "refudiate" in this gem over Twitter. It's a term she has used once before, Gawker notes.


In apparent embarrassment, the Tweet was deleted. But Palin can't help but try to turn one of her numbskull moves into an "aww shucks" gift to America:

"Refudiate," "misunderestimate," "wee-wee'd up." English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!


Watch Palin's first use of "refudiate", from a July 14 Sean Hannity appearance,

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  1. So infantile. No wonder intelligent people don't like her. Her version of George Bushian Esperanto doesn't help her cause.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 19, 2010 8:54:59 AM

  2. So this is John McCain's legacy. He selected her as his Vice Presidential running mate in a cynical "hail mary" pass to win the election. It backfired, and we now have this stupidity to contend with. I don't know whose worse, Sarah or our ridiculous press corp who continues to give her a platform to spew.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 19, 2010 8:59:43 AM

  3. She must have missed the letter from the Tea Party leader written as a black slave to Abraham Lincoln. Racism in the Tea Party is alive and well. But what can you expect from Sarah Palin, the most self-involved, plainly stupid (yes, she's stupid and she proves almost every time there is a camera in her face or she Twitters. She's a dumb-ass of embarrassing proportion who wants to be President. But good news is, if she gets elected, she'd probably quit that too.)

    As an American with a modicum of intelligence, she embarrasses me. Hell the phrase "Tea Party American" (code for under-educated, misguided white folk who just hate that someone may be getting something they're not but are always the first in FEMA line when their trailer blows away...) embarrasses me.

    Enough with the stupid and unenlightened that seem to be gushing like oil from the bottom of the Gulf out the Republican Party. There are smarter more inclusive, more real Republicans. All these people do is push someone like me further and further to the left. Who would want Sarah Palin speaking for them? Even her own daughter seems to want little to do with her now. Smart girl.

    Posted by: Bart | Jul 19, 2010 8:59:52 AM


    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Jul 19, 2010 9:01:30 AM

  5. 'typical divisive politics' is what she says is so 'unnecessary'... what the fuck does the braindead-Barbie-bimbo think SHE is guilty of EVERY time she opens her foul mouth????? In reality that is ALL she does!! Her inane stupidity is one of the most embarrassing things on the US political stage right now... second only to the fact that there are so many morons that seem to value stupid and elevate it to the level of 'value' (ie follow Palin!)... save us from this idiot!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Jul 19, 2010 9:15:16 AM

  6. "English is a living language." Wouldn't that make the U.S. Constitution a living document? Ah, I'm sure the Tea Party crowd will love that.

    Posted by: mike | Jul 19, 2010 9:15:16 AM

  7. She's the product of a high-quality edumacation.

    Posted by: dreamfish | Jul 19, 2010 9:22:31 AM

  8. Has she no shame or dignity? How dare she compare herself to Shakespeare, who was the best writer ever (so far)!? Shakespeare had talent, Palin coin her own words, because she doesn't know the words already existing.
    CKNJ I agree, well written.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 19, 2010 9:24:32 AM

  9. I refudiate her strategery to populize herself.

    Posted by: qjersey | Jul 19, 2010 9:29:33 AM

  10. Sarah Shakespeare? I can see her now in the last act of "Titus Andronicus"

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 19, 2010 9:43:33 AM

  11. Sadly her followers will eat up every word she spits out. McCain has a great legacy he left the country with this bitch.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jul 19, 2010 9:43:34 AM

  12. Shakespeare DIDN'T coin new words. He was a master of the English language and knew how to use words to evoke emotional responses. Plays were written for the Commoners and were disdained by the aristocracy (at least, openly). He used the common words of his time period in uncommon ways.

    Beware, my Lord, of jealousy. It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds upon.

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | Jul 19, 2010 9:49:36 AM

  13. Her palindrones are pure truthiness.

    Posted by: Philo | Jul 19, 2010 9:50:40 AM

  14. The fake outrage expressed by Tea Party leaders at the notion that their movement is racist is ludicrous. RACISTS ARE THEIR BASE.

    Ever talk to a rank & file teabagger? (C'mon, we all know a few). They cloak their hatred of Obama in the rationalizations that they are passionate about fiscal issues that never bothered them before we had a black President.

    Sarah Palin is their Saint & Ignorance is their Doctrine.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Jul 19, 2010 9:56:11 AM

  15. Man it must be a bitch when she plays SCRABBLE

    Posted by: x man | Jul 19, 2010 10:04:05 AM

  16. I am the last person to defend the Tea Party crowd, but stop saying they are "uneducated". Remember that research finding a few weeks ago that revealed that Tea Partyers are far from all ignorant, unschooled morons? We do a disservice to ourselves to paint "the enemy" as a class of mouth-breathing idiots. Some of them are quite intelligent and we need to relate to them on an academic level. (Sarah Palin, I will give you, is a cretin.)

    Posted by: fred | Jul 19, 2010 10:04:24 AM

  17. Shakespeare coined words and phrases that enriched the language, she just conflated 'refute' and 'repudiate'. And what is stabbing people in the heart other than the thought of a braindead bimbo being taken seriously.

    Posted by: M | Jul 19, 2010 10:06:57 AM

  18. Fred, I grant you the results of that poll that was published, it was actually more than a few weeks ago, several months ago it was on the front page of the New York Times.
    The only problem I have with the results of that poll is that I find it impossible to beleive that well educated, intelligent, successful people who have made their way in the world could find it in themselves to listen to, and perhaps follow, the likes of Sara Palin, it just doesn't add up.

    As a sideline editorial, in addition to being an idiot she is also a leech that has been sucking at the taxpayer's teat most of her adult life ; and if it weren't for her looks and her rack she'd be slinging hash in some truck stop diner.

    Posted by: jerry | Jul 19, 2010 10:21:09 AM

  19. I didn't know Alaska is part of the heartland?

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 19, 2010 10:25:34 AM

  20. Shakespeare wasn't a moron.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Jul 19, 2010 10:26:33 AM

  21. Why the extra effort in "Making up new words" instead of the simple term "neologism"? Shouldn't these stories presume at least a sensibly educated audience that prefers a concise writing style?

    Posted by: Randall | Jul 19, 2010 10:34:59 AM

  22. OK, and Shakespeare also composed (or created words that would better fit the rhythmof a particular line of prose or iambic pentameter.

    That tweet by Sarah Palin is not poetry or poeticprose, it's just pain ol' Wasilla stupidity.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jul 19, 2010 10:35:35 AM

  23. Hey Sarah, I can coin words too. Here's one: 'dumbassitude'. You exude it.

    Posted by: fhrblig | Jul 19, 2010 11:13:53 AM

  24. I am old enough to remember when this word was in the cultural zeitgeist, but I have never had cause to use it until now: This woman is a dingbat.

    Posted by: rascal | Jul 19, 2010 11:14:27 AM

  25. Oh Jesus...what a pathetic mouth piece!

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Jul 19, 2010 12:01:18 PM

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