I wouldn’t give you a nickel for any word she coins

From sify news:

After coining a new word-“refudiate”- Sarah Palin has now compared herself to Shakespeare, for her rather controversial contribution to English language.

The former Republican Vice Presidential candidate made up a new word and first used it last week on Fox News’s Hannity show when she called on President Obama and his wife Michelle to “refudiate” the NAACP’s suggestion that the Tea Party movement was racist.

But, it did not end there, for Palin used it again in a tweet addressing the Ground Zero mosque controversy.

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“Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate,” News.com.au quoted Palin as saying on her Twitter page.

Within hours, that tweet was deleted. A second tweet asked “peaceful New Yorkers” to “refute the Ground Zero mosque plan” and a third suggested rejecting it.

And finally came a fourth tweet, apparently acknowledging her language tussle, where she ended up comparing herself to Shakespeare.

“‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!” she said.

For the record, former President George W Bush used “misunderdestimate” and Mr Obama last year referred to people in Washington being “wee-wee’d up” in August.


Palin’s word has already made it onto urbandictionary.com, an online slang dictionary.

From DAILY Intel at New York Magazine:

Though you might think Sarah Palin would be a bit preoccupied this weekend, the former governor found the time to tweet up a storm Sunday, taking to her Blackberry to touch on the Ground Zero mosque controversy, as well as the English language.


Considering the landscape of antimosque rhetoric, Palin’s criticisms are actually not as extreme as they could be (though she really could do to lay off the caps lock). But then she decided to justify her use of the word “refudiate” in a previous tweet by placing herself in the same league as George W. Bush, Barack Obama and William Shakespeare.


Meanwhile, George W. Bush is probably just psyched that someone included him in the same group as Obama and that guy who wrote plays that people are always talking about.


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44 responses to “I wouldn’t give you a nickel for any word she coins

  1. William Shakenbake or something like that, right? Gosh, darnity, gee.

    Great post! Loved it.

    • hello saladin,

      welcome to the raisin! πŸ˜€

      the teabaggers and princess sarah don’t like shakesbeer, because it sprays all over the place when you open the bottles.

      hope you’ll stop by and comment again soon, saladin.

    • Nonnie, stop making insinuendos about Mrs. Palin. You are totally misunderestimating her apealiality with Real Americans all across the Homebound.

  2. Say Say

    Imagine being the family of Salman Hamdani. The 23-year-old New York City police cadet was a part-time ambulance driver, incoming medical student, and devout Muslim. When he disappeared on September 11, law enforcement officials came to his family, seeking him for questioning in relation to the terrorist attacks. They allegedly believed he was somehow involved. His whereabouts were undetermined for over six months, until his remains were finally identified. He was found near the North Tower, with his EMT medical bag beside him, presumably doing everything he could to help those in need. His family could finally rest, knowing that he died the hero they always knew him to be.


    • hello say say,

      welcome to the raisin! πŸ˜€

      one of the things that really pisses me off is how people like princess sarah seem to forget that there were people of all religions killed in the twin towers. there were also rescuers of all religions who bravely went into that horror to help others.

      i wonder what’s next. if someone wants to build a church near the irs building that a christian deliberately rammed a plane into, killing an innocent man who once fought for this country, will there be protests? anyone protest the construction of churches near the site where the murrah building stood in oklahoma city? after all, timothy mcveigh was a christian.

    • Say Say,

      Thank you for writing about this loss and including the link. Why is it that right here and now, nearly nine years after the attacks, is the first time and place I’ve learned of Salman’s story?

      Heroism is a *human* trait, yes?

      The “law enforcement” (how ’bout “prejudice enforcement”?) action taken against Salman’s family is despicable.

      I’m off to the link you provided now.

      • i hadn’t heard the story about Salman Hamdani either. of course, we don’t often hear about the troops who are anything but christian either. it doesn’t fit into the whole ‘crusade’ meme.

  3. My wife and I were just discussing this.

    ME: Yes, Shakespeare did make up words. When a genuine master of the language thinks that the available diction is lacking and makes up a new word using existing roots, such as the word “assassinate,” it’s one thing. When a marginal-literate like Palin does it using root words she clearly doesn’t understand, it really isn’t the same thing.

    ZETA: Oh, come on! She isn’t marginally literate. Remember that she reads “all of them” when it comes to periodicals?

    ME: Oh. Good point. I guess she’s an extreme literate, huh?

    ZETA: She’s an extreme something, anyway.

  4. writechic

    Sarah is probably flusterated that we all just don’t “get” her.

    (Sorry, I’ve been all delinquent lately, Nonnie. Just swamped with life in general and summers always get me off routine.) Hearts and hugs! πŸ˜€

    • i’m sure her level of flusteration has risen from all of our misunderstanderating of her.

      i forgive you for your delinquenization, melissa. i know what you mean about routines being upset. the offspring moved out (well, he’s moving his stuff little by little), and things have been hectic here. i have to figure out what my routine will be from now on. reconfigurationalizing is hard!

      mmmwaahhhh!! i miss you! πŸ˜₯

  5. nonnie … I’m laughculating like a maniac, you betcha!

  6. jeb

    Can we make up a new word for sleazy-ass quitter or does the English language already properly cover that?

    • self-impalination? or, in the case of princess, her quitting would be called ‘a favor’ to the alaskan people.

      • jeb

        sure, but she’s still guilty of self-impalination and anyone who would listen to anything she has to say or ever support her “leadership” on anything is palignorant.

  7. Okay. We all have to get Sarah Word-A-Day Toilet Paper for her birthday… No child left behind and what not.

  8. REFUDIATE [re-FUED-eee-ATE] v. move your house of worship as far away from me as possible.

    • refudiate is different than refeudiate. refudiate means to reject anything that princess doesn’t agree with. refeudiate means to fight about something that you’ve already fought about.

  9. Methinks Palin’s word blunders pale from Shakespeare’s talent
    And to quote the wordsmith himself:

    A fool thinks himself (herself) to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

    Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.

    Ha! A new term was born~ ShakesPalin.

    This will haunt the lady forever ~ because she’s not just making up words, she is butchering the language.

  10. KarenZipdrive

    When I was in college I had a part time job in a psych hospital, teaching arts and crafts.
    There’s a term called ‘neologism’ which means “a meaningless word coined by a psychotic.”
    Need I go on?

    • are psychotics unable to say that they made a mistake? she’s so damned narcissistic that, when she screws up, she thinks the rules should be changed to accommodate her.

  11. Joanaroo

    Thank you too Say Say for that sad story. Can you imagine how that poor man’s family felt, losing their son and at the same time, the government thinking he was involved in terrorism? I hadn’t heard about that either until today, Say Say. There has been alot that has happened in the past 10 years that shakes my belief in humans and humanity in general.

    • american muslim soldiers have given their lives for this country. muslims are no less patriotic than anyone else.

      • And yet, idiot groups want to ban Muslims from serving in the military.

        Conspicuously, I have yet to see an actual vet make such a proposal. Just a bunch of armchair chickenhawks.

        (To be fair, I’ve never served in the military. But I don’t sit around pretending to tell them what to do, either.)

  12. By the way, John Shore is talking about Shakespalin on his blog.


  13. dark angel

    why would anyone listen to palin in the first?

    • hello dark angel,

      welcome to the raisin! πŸ˜€ i know i only listen to princess for comic relief. just in small doses, of course, because anything more than a sound bite induces projectile vomiting.

      stop by again soon!

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