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Congratulations, Sarah Palin

By Ezra Klein

The Oxford English Dictionary has named "refudiate" its word of the year. For context, the 2009 word of the year was "unfriend," and 2008's winner was "hypermiling."

By Ezra Klein  | November 15, 2010; 1:22 PM ET
 
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I thought that you were going to congratulate her on being right about Death Panels. Paul Krugman is now agreeing with her.
http://www.lifenews.com/2010/11/15/bio-3212/

Posted by: cummije5 | November 15, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

sarah palin has so gotten more than her five minutes of fame.
i know some beautiful women, who are in their eighties, who have raised wonderful, contributing children.....who have made meaningful contributions in the world, who leave a legacy, each day, of inspiration and goodness.
they are beautiful and humble.
women who took care of mothers, and worked hard for their families and communities, during the depression, in tenements and on farms. have suffered through so many tragedies, and still give inspiration to move forward with love, and without judgement.
they are the light.
they never ask for limelight, recognition or praise.
but they are the truest profiles in courage.
i wish that the world would know about them.
i wish they could receive the newsworthiness of someone like sarah palin.....because knowing about these women, would so truly make the world a better place.

i wish the world would honor them, and know their names,
and their stories.....the way we hear about women who are like loud cymbals and gongs.

it is a real sadness, that women who have made the world a better place, as true women of valor, are unsung heros.

Posted by: jkaren | November 15, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Sarah Palin. A cabal of journolisters could not bring you down. You are more popular & prestigious than ever. Love your new show.

Posted by: bubbasouth | November 15, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

So an undereducated ninny tries to use a word she does not understand or know, mangles it and some how her mistake becomes a "new" word?

Someone tell Don King, he's been doing this for decades. I am sure he will be most highly excitified.

Posted by: pete1013 | November 15, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

cummije5:

Dang it, cummije5, you beat me to the punch. I saw the Krugman thing, too, and had to assume he was jesting. It's sad that progressives are really that shameless with their smears and lying when the conservatives try to inform people of what the progressive agenda really entails.

Posted by: dbw1 | November 15, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"Congratulations, Sarah Palin. A cabal of journolisters could not bring you down. You are more popular & prestigious than ever. Love your new show."

"never underestimate the taste levels of the american people."
~~~~~p.t. barnum

Posted by: jkaren | November 15, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

@pete1013: No, I fear you're not grasping the whole point. It's not that Palin "does not understand" the word, it's that refudiate is not a word AT ALL.

Posted by: ChaosTheThird | November 15, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

jkaren:
"it is a real sadness, that women who have made the world a better place, as true women of valor, are unsung heros."

It's also a real sadness that progressives automatically demonize any female who embraces a pro-life view. It's not just Palin...find me a single high-profile female who holds pro-life views, and who the left has NOT smeared with character asassination.

Leftist, statist, progressives cannot and will not stand to have any principled, conservative women or minorities enjoy popular standing with the public. It's a threat to progessives very existence when people discover they can have success without reliance on the state. So any conservative women or minorities will be immediately pillaged and smeared by leftists.

Just ask Alen West how his last week or two has been going...

Posted by: dbw1 | November 15, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"NORMALCY" Warren G. Harding

Posted by: WrongfulDeath | November 15, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping for bendable straw polls...

Posted by: WmLaney | November 15, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

What a stupid choice. An ignorant woman mangles two words—neither of which would have made sense anyway—in a series of bigoted, hateful remarks on Twitter, and now they've been canonized.

Posted by: JEinATL | November 15, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

sadly Sarah Palin and Paul Krugman are both right. The issue will be how quickly we realize the problem and start addressing it. The sooner we address it, the sooner we start fixing it and the less the pain needs to be in the long run.

Posted by: visionbrkr | November 15, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Snooki Palin, reality TV proves to be a pervasive aspect of modern american life.

Posted by: rolkamon | November 15, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cummije5, "I thought that you were going to congratulate her on being right about Death Panels. Paul Krugman is now agreeing with her."
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That'll only happen when Ezra grows up and moves into the real world.

Posted by: illogicbuster | November 15, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the companion word, "Shakespalin."

Posted by: Steve_D | November 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Actually, it was the New Oxford American Dictionary (not the OED). Also, they aren't adding it. It did get people talking about lexicography though.

Posted by: staticvars | November 15, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Uh, this says far more about New Oxford American Dictionary's need for attention than it does about Palin.

Posted by: dpurp | November 16, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

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