Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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UPDATED: That's exceptional, Wasilla!

UPDATED: That's exceptional, Wasilla!

Sarah Palin, wordsmith!

It may not make Sarah Palin's tweets any easier to read, but maybe she was on to something when she combined the words "refute" and "repudiate" into the now infamous "refudiate."

The New Oxford American Dictionary has named 'refudiate' its 2010 Word of the Year, defining it as:

refudiate: verb used loosely to mean "reject": she called on them to refudiate the proposal to build a mosque. 
[origin -- blend of refute and repudiate]

UPDATE: Meanwhile, Simon Maloy is here to remind us, this holiday season, of the true meaning of "refudiate":

As you'll recall, "refudiate" came about when Palin took to Twitter -- her preferred mode of communication -- to demand that "peaceful Muslims" oppose the misnamed Ground Zero Mosque because that building "stab[s] you in the heart" by being too Muslim too close to Ground Zero. That the planners of the "Ground Zero Mosque" -- properly known as the Park 51 Islamic center, which is neither on Ground Zero nor a mosque -- are themselves moderate and peaceful Muslims seemed to have been lost in the tweeting.

Meanwhile, some 5 million people tuned in last night to watch "Sarah Palin's Alaska," some kind of record, and on the same weekend as the movie hit "Unstoppable," which proves that Americans simply cannot resist a train wreck.

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