If you read the title of this and thought, “Hey, that’s not a word”, you’d be correct.
It’s not. You knew it. I know it. Everyone with some semblance of an educated person’s vocabulary knows it.
Guess who doesn’t?
Over the weekend Palin attempted to respond to the planned construction of a mosque/Muslim community center in the “Ground Zero” area of Manhattan. Naturally, she took the viewpoint that would most appeal to her target audience – uneducated xenophobes – on her choicest form of modern day communication, Twitter.
Between that and Facebook, the majority of Palin’s political platform emerges in what might be the least appropriate means of putting that platform forth. 140 characters simply isn’t enough to tackle any legitimate issue with any level of sophistication. But then, what more would we expect?
“Ground Zero Mosque supporters, doesn’t it stab you in the heart as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, please refudiate.”
Um…what the fuck is that even supposed to mean? Leaving aside “refudiate” for just a second, why would “Ground Zero Mosque supporters” feel stabbed “in the heart” for something they support? And when did Sarah Palin become part of the “heartland”? Alaska, quite literally, couldn’t be any further from the “heartland”, and while Palin spends night and day pretending to be just another red-blooded American, she also “palled around” with Alaskan secessionists and participated in exorcisms. And all of this while stripping Hollywood gifting suites bare and promoting abstinence while her daughter got pregnant sometime before her 18th birthday. Oh, yes. Typical small town, morally sound, Christian woman from the Heartland, right? I’m sure that’ll be exactly what we learn from her reality show.
Once Palin’s aides noticed that she used the “word” “refudiate” in a highly public way again, the Tweet was removed and replaced with a new Tweet, of nearly equal stupidity.
It seems clear enough that Palin was combining the actual words “refute” and “repudiate” into one senseless word. Here are the definitions:
refute: to prove a statement or theory to be wrong or false; disprove
repudiate: to refuse to accept or be associated with
To “correct” the mistake (too late), Palin wrote, “Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real”.
Recalling the definition of “refute”, it’s fairly clear to see that Palin’s 8th-grade vocabulary led her into the danger zone again, as the word “refute” doesn’t work in that context. You can’t disprove a building plan. That doesn’t even make sense.
Never one to admit a mistake, Palin did what she does best and attempted to extoll the virtues of anti-intellectualism, claiming that just as Shakespeare coined words, she could as well, on the basis that English is a “living language”.
She wrote: “Refudiate,” “misunderestimate,” “wee-wee’d up.” English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!”
This is pure, unadulterated nonsense. ”Misunderestimate” is a meaningless word spoken by former President, and fellow moron, George W. Bush. Using that as an example of what’s allowed in the English language is absurd.
Refute and repudiate cannot be combined into a sensible word. Their definitions don’t go together in any way, shape, or form. They are two words with separate meanings, and they are individually sufficient in their usage.
There is no latent need for the “word” “refudiate”, except to aid Sarah Palin in trying to cover up her own idiocy. (If you look on her Twitter feed, you’ll find plenty of examples where her vocabulary needs refudiating.)
And does Palin really believe she has the same poetic license that William Shakespeare had?
We’re talking about one of the truly inspirational artistic geniuses of all time versus an attention seeking, politically ambitious woman who needed to attend five different colleges (one of them, twice) before graduating with a Bachelor’s in communications after six years and who reportedly scored a whopping 841 on her SAT…425 verbal. (Note: there is no way to really be sure that the reported SAT score is legit – can’t they produce her real birth SAT certificate? – but it is believable.)
I actually get angry at myself when I feel like I have to write about such an enormous piece of human waste, because I know that, like any reality show faux-celeb, her “star” actually rises with the more attention that’s paid to her.
Unfortunately, this retard (yes, I said it), influences the political conversation in this country and that, in turn, has some bearing on our lives and how the country is governed. If we allow her, and others like her – the Tea Party, for instance – to just go on saying any fucking thing they want, regardless of its truth or relevance, we’re doing a disservice to ourselves.
So, like, sorry, I guess. I don’t want to have to write this.