Sarah Palin and Shakespeare

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Who knew former half-term governor Sarah Palin was a poet? A championship-caliber language mangler, maybe, but a poet? What a shock. La Palin was roundly ridiculed all over the Web yesterday for tweeting a word that’s not found in any known dictionary: “refudiate,” a kind of bastard son of “refute” and “repudiate,” we suppose.

Levi Johnston’s future mother-in-law became a vocabulary pioneer as she tweeted her opposition to a plan to have a mosque near Ground Zero, and asked “peaceful Muslims” to “pls refudiate.” After everyone started making fun of her, Palin changed the message, and screwed that up, too, by asking “peaceful New Yorkers” to “refute” the mosque plan, which makes no sense at all, since no known mosque has ever shown the ability to actually make refutable statements.

When Palin watchers jumped on her about her second verbal gaffe of the day, she compounded her dumbassedness by tweeting that “English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!” No, Sarah, no we don’t, not when the new word is a freakin’ mistake, and a pretty damned stupid one at that.

What went largely unnoticed is that Palin had previously used the same non-word on Sean Hannity’s FoxNews program, when she said that Obama should “refudiate”  the NAACP for calling attention to racists within the Tea Party movement. Hannity, who like Palin, has never been the sharpest knife in the drawer,  did not correct Palin’s odd new word, leaving her free to tweet it all over the world yesterday. As blogger John Aravosis put it, “If Republicans can demand that immigrants speak English, can't we demand the same of Sarah Palin?"

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