refudiate in the news again

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 27 23:23:30 UTC 2010

Apparently--something I have to find out from newspapers--Palin has made
"refudiate" an issue again.
> Sarah Palin feels like she no longer has to repudiate her use of the
> word "refudiate."
> On Sunday night's episode of "Sarah Palin's Alaska," the ex-Alaska
> governor tried to explain how one letter changed the English language
> as we know it.
> While checking her BlackBerry during a logging trip, the 46-year-old
> politico complained to her husband, Todd, that "refudiate" was a top
> Google search term only because /she mis-typed a tweet/.

Well, not quite. There is evidence that she used the word /repeatedly/,
so it was not just a one-off typo:

> But Palin's memory is not entirely accurate. Prior to her Twitter
> message, she misspoke the word on Sean Hannity's Fox News show while
> discussing the NAACP's stance on Tea Party racism.
> "[Barack and Michelle Obama] have power in their words," she said.
> "They could refudiate what it is that this group is saying."

There is other material in the piece that is language-related...


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