"refudiate" (v.) repudiate (adj,)

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 29 21:07:55 UTC 2010

"Finger failure"? Did she mean "Fingerfehler", from the German, which
I first learned when playing tournament chess as a kid, meaning to
touch the wrong piece -- in tournament play, you have to move the
first piece you touch? Chess lingo is filled with foreign words,
especially German.


On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 3:44 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> "Refudiate" just a typo, Palin now says.  About 2 days ago?  In July,
> she was apparently saying she wouldn't repudiate (v.) refudiate (v).
> Of course, F and P are nearly as far away as can be on the customary
> typewriter keyboard.  She said "I made a finger-failure", thus
> inventing another English term which has not yet reached the OED. ...
> Actually, not what she said -- ' "I pressed an F instead of a P and
> people freaked out," Palin said. '
> http://foolocracy.com/2010/12/refute-repudiate-refudiate-palin-weaves-a-tale-of-typos/
> And she's apparently redacted her original Tweet.
> Joel
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