Commentary: 'Refudiate' and the birth of ShakesPalin

The Anchorage Daily NewsJuly 21, 2010 

Just when I thought no joke about our former governor would ever make me laugh, because, like most of you, I'm so tired of you-know-who I can't even bring myself to type her name and all related humor seems more played out than a Miley Cyrus song, there appeared, sometime on Monday, a phenomenon on Twitter known as ShakesPalin.

And it was kind of funny.

It's not news that She loves Twitter. The ex-Guv tweets 140-character rants and policy points all the time, complete with weird abbreviations and exclamation points. ShakesPalin's roots were planted during a Fox News appearance, something to do with the Tea Party and racism, where she allegedly used a made-up word — the linguistic love child of refute and repudiate — "refudiate."

That might have been a little nothing gaffe, brain-blip under the TV lights. But then, on Sunday, she used it again in a tweet about putting a mosque near Ground Zero. That gave the impression she didn't know it wasn't a word.

And because she lives under a media microscope, the blogosphere caught hold of the Twitter mistake instantly. The offending post was soon deleted. But the mama grizzly didn't back down. Instead, @SarahPalinUSA picked up her BlackBerry and defiantly clicked away:

"Refudiate," "misunderestimate," "wee-wee'd up." English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!"

Don't ask me what "wee-wee'd up" means, but nonetheless there it was: America's most famous, elite-slamming hockey-mom comparing herself to Shakespeare.

Behold, good gentlemen and ladies, the birth of ShakesPalin.

To read the complete column, visit www.adn.com.

McClatchy Washington Bureau is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service