SEARCH

Entries in New Oxford American Dictionary (1)

Monday
Nov152010

Congratulations, Sarah Palin: 'Refudiate' Named Word of the Year

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Palin has officially changed the modern lexicon, one tweet at a time. While one might expect the New Oxford American Dictionary to refudiate the former Alaska governor’s favorite verb, they embraced it on Monday, announcing “refudiate” as the official 2010 word of the year.

"From a strictly lexical interpretation of the different contexts in which Palin has used 'refudiate,' we have concluded that neither 'refute' nor 'repudiate' seems consistently precise, and that 'refudiate' more or less stands on its own, suggesting a general sense of 'reject.'" the New Oxford American Dictionary said Monday.

Palin’s use of “refudiate” launched critics into a frenzy when she first posted the made-up verb on her Twitter page over the summer.

“Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate,” the 2008 vice presidential nominee tweeted in July, launching a string of harsh responses from the media. Some called Palin’s linguistic mash-up egregious, while others said she would never hear the end of it.

While Palin may have made “refudiate” famous, she is by no means the first person to coin the term. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, the Fort Worth Gazette was the first to publish the word in 1891.

"Refudiate" beat out other tough competitors for the top spot in 2010, including “gleek,” “vuvuzela,” “retweet,” and “tea party.”

It’s been a big week for Sarah Palin so far. The debut of her new reality show Sunday night was the number-one program launch in TLC’s history.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio







ABC News Radio