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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. This is a perfectly cromulent word! I am surprised no one has pointed that out yet.

    On the other hand she risks being compared to comedians like Norm Crosby. If she wants to be taken seriously she should learn to use a dictionary.

    Posted by: Charlie | Jul 19, 2010 12:17:44 PM

  2. @RANDALL: If I remember correctly from my study of psychology, making up words or neologisms is a cardinal sign of schizophrenia.

    From Ronald J. Comer's Abnormal Psychology:

    "People with schizophrenia symptoms may not be able to think in logical ways and may demonstrate various peculiarities. These formal thought disorders may cause the sufferer to feel enormous confusion and make communication very difficult. Often these symptoms take the form of loose associations, neologisms, perseveration, and clang.

    Some of the other more common delusions include delusions of grandeur in which individuals believe they have enormously empowered characteristics (great inventor, movie star etc.)"

    The comparison of herself to Shakespeare for example?

    Sounds quite a bit like Ms. Palin who is noted for rambling speeches that just string together meaningless sentences and random ideas. She has a lot in common with another mental defective, GW Bush. Read "Bush on the Couch" by Justin A. Frank, M.D.

    I'm beginning to think more and more when someone becomes a Republican they are issued a little bag of crazy dust which they dip into and snort on a regular basis.

    Posted by: Bob R | Jul 19, 2010 12:29:57 PM

  3. You left out the funniest part. (And, no, I am not making this up.)

    It's pretty obvious that "refudiate" is an unintentional mash-up of "refute" and "repudiate." The word Palin was looking for was "repudiate."

    So, in a Tweet that followed the first and preceded the last, she issued a Tweet in which she used the word "refute," when she meant "repudiate." Thus, the final Tweet, when she gave up on using words that are bigger than her little brain can comprehend.

    Posted by: Steve in DE | Jul 19, 2010 12:34:19 PM

  4. Why does she always have that same nature backdrop ? What is the message ? That she lives in the woods ?

    Posted by: Mike In Philly | Jul 19, 2010 12:53:38 PM

  5. It would have been better to admit the typo and move on. However, this isn't a matter of any major concern.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 19, 2010 1:10:06 PM

  6. Sarah Palin = William Shakespere

    Levi and Bristol = Romeo and Juliet

    It's all clear to me now...they are preparing to update all the classics.

    Sarah Palin's Crazy Clazzics!

    Three easy payments of $14.95, order today and you get a free Sarah's Book O' Words, it's sort of like a dictionary only with new words Sarah's made up! It'll make a great gift for all your Tea Party friends and home schooled fifth graders! Order today!

    Posted by: Bart | Jul 19, 2010 1:17:44 PM

  7. Palintology- noun- the gaffes and rants of Sarah Palin. origin: the new Shakespeare. See idiot.

    Posted by: Piper | Jul 19, 2010 1:30:46 PM

  8. @aggiecowboy

    shakespeare added a whole slew of new words to the english language, many of which are common today.

    and, as a biographical note, he spent much of his life accumulating wealth and trying to secure a title. so he couldn't have hated the aristocracy that much.

    Posted by: robert | Jul 19, 2010 1:43:42 PM

  9. Oh please, please, please, let the extremists target her. Thank you.

    Posted by: DD | Jul 19, 2010 1:46:41 PM

  10. Once upon at time, I used the non-word "irregardless". And this from a guy who got a 31 on the ACT English section.

    Just saying ...

    Posted by: Rodney W. | Jul 19, 2010 2:19:34 PM

  11. "But soft, what light from yonder window breaks? It is the East, and I can see Russia from my front porch."


    Posted by: Philo | Jul 19, 2010 2:33:06 PM

  12. She should use this word that I coined, specifically for her, "immadumbbitch".

    Don't "refudiate" it please!

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Jul 19, 2010 3:23:39 PM

  13. Since the mainstream media won't cover it, I'll provide some gaffes from the Teleprompter In Chief:

    "One such translator was an American of Haitian descent, representative of the extraordinary work that our men and women in uniform do all around the world -- Navy Corpse-Man Christian Brossard." –mispronouncing "Corpsman" (the "ps" is silent) during a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2010 (The Corpsman's name is also Christopher, not Christian)

    "The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries." --Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010

    "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It's the Post Office that's always having problems." –attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009

    "How's it going, Sunshine?" --campaigning in Sunrise, Florida

    "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong."

    "I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go." --at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon

    Posted by: Rik | Jul 19, 2010 3:24:40 PM

  14. Is this for real?

    He sees dead soldiers in the audience, thinks America has 58 states, argues that the biggest problem for the Middle East is the Middle East, and believes there is a position in the Navy called the CORPSE-man?

    Lol. Now THAT's funny.

    Posted by: Rodney W. | Jul 19, 2010 3:40:04 PM

  15. Rascal, good one, but she's more like Archie than Edith.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jul 19, 2010 8:56:26 PM

  16. I've got a special word just for you fits you perfectly my dear are a 'fucktard'...carry on.

    Posted by: benjamin | Jul 19, 2010 10:12:46 PM

  17. Palin makes George "W" Bush look smart!

    Posted by: Jim | Jul 20, 2010 1:36:12 AM

  18. i don't know whom to prefer for advancing the progressive cause: the sub-literate, ex-beauty queen or the dolled-up, slicked-back, ventriloquist dummy (sean hannity). he has fox new's fist shoved so far up his ass, that when he speaks, he spits out murdock's nail clippings.

    Posted by: nic | Jul 20, 2010 1:58:41 AM

  19. Sarah Palin is dumber than a box of wet hair.

    Posted by: MIke | Jul 20, 2010 11:30:35 AM

  20. Sarah Palin is an idiot, who needs to be left behind in the dust!

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Jul 20, 2010 4:33:57 PM

  21. ...and by "Shakespeare" she means "Bush"

    Posted by: feralgardener | Jul 20, 2010 5:19:58 PM

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