Man, sometimes life is just sweet. For those of you who caught the premier of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on TLC last night (which apparently was a quite a few of you, according to the ratings), you would have seen quite a few subtle jabs at the left, such as when she was sitting on the base of Mt. McKinley and joked “I can see Russia from here”. But here’s an even better dig at the lefties. Remember the toss up about her referring to “Partying like it’s 1773″, which was quickly followed by a bunch of condescending, yet historically ignorant, doofuses who tried to make her look like an idiot, because well of course nothing happened in 1773 dontchaknow. Poor Sarah simply must have meant 1776, but she’s just to dumb to know her history after all. Well, you remember who was eating crow after that, right?
Well the latest was her use of an apparently made up word “refudiate” in a tweet on the 9/11 Victory Mosque. Well guess what.
Sarah Palin’s reality show scored huge ratings for its premiere Sunday night, while the guardians of usage at the New Oxford American Dictionary awarded the former Alaska governor the higher-brow distinction of coining 2010′s “word of the year” — “refudiate” — via her Twitter account.
Hehe, it’s almost like they said “Fuck it. Let it be tweeted, let it be done. The momma grizzly hath spoken”.
The former governor used the word in a Twitter message last summer, calling on “peaceful Muslims” to “refudiate” a planned mosque near the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York. When critics pounced on the made-up verb, Palin deleted the Tweet and replaced it with one that called on Muslims to “refute” the site — even though that usage made no sense, either, since to refute is to prove something to be untrue.
But in a release today, the New Oxford American Dictionary defended Palin’s use of the word. “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,’ ” the New Oxford American Dictionary said in a press release.
And lest you think the New Oxford editors were only hailing “refudiate” as a publicity stunt, let the record show that Palin’s coinage was also named to the honor roll of the Global Language Monitor project — together with terms such as “spillcam” and “vuvuzela.”
Did I just hear the sounds of Olberdouche and Madcow melons gong POP! Why yes, I do believe I did.