The Courage of Her Convictions?

This may be entirely obvious, but the combination of Sarah Palin’s butchery of common words (“refudiate”):

And her later, hilarious rationalization:

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

Proves two things. She has absurdly thin skin. And an enormous ego.

Who hasn’t been caught in an error and strained to play it off as deliberate? That’s basic human instinct. But, to claim that the error was not just deliberate, but an act of creativity on par with the West’s greatest minds? Well, that’s something else. The need to be not just right but superior is harmless, even charming in housecats. But it’s annoying in friends, and pathological in politicians. She’s just accidentally shown us a great deal about her personality, as an individual and a leader. I’ll pass.


  1. It’s an understandable mistake. You mean to use “repudiate” but it’s not a word you use often, and it sounds and means similar to “refute”. But no, Sarah, you did not creatively coin a new word in the vein or Shakespeare or Twain. You just made a pedistrian mistake.

  2. To be fair to Palin, holy crap did some folks jump on her with both feet for this. I’m not endorsing her in the macro sense, but if you’re going to post about the irrelevance of Rev. Wright how does this merit so much as a whisper?

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