Palin's 'Refudiate' Is Oxford Dictionary's Word of 2010
Tea party leader's neologism formally enters lexicon
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2010 3:44 PM CST
In this Oct. 23, 2010 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks to supporters at a Republican National Committee rally in Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

(Newser) – Sarah Palin might have been ridiculed for urging Muslims to "refudiate" the so-called Ground Zero Mosque in a mangled tweet this year, but the Oxford American Dictionary thinks she's on to something: “'refudiate' more or less stands on its own, suggesting a general sense of “'reject,'" writes the Oxford University Press, which has made "refudiate" its 2010 word of the year. The OUP has essentially legitimized Palin's defense that she, like William Shakespeare, coins new words to express herself.

It beat out 10 other contenders. Among them:

  • gleek
  • retweet
  • Tea Party
  • top kill
  • vuvuzela
It's the battle of the words! The Global Language Monitor chose a different winner for "word of the year." Click here to find out what it is.

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Nov 16, 2010 7:03 AM CST
I see Newser has once again rung the Palin bell and all the liberal dogs are salivating. You really are the point the Oxford mutherrucking dictionary supports Palin and you still do your partisan party pawn reaction. Hey, maybe they'll throw you partisan party pawns and haters a Bush bone for lunch?!
Nov 15, 2010 9:48 PM CST
Idiocy being awarded. No wonder the Chinese are taking over.
Nov 15, 2010 9:42 PM CST
The degeneration and deterioration continues this time with the help of a Tea Bagger who was a tea bagger long before politics The Alaskan misfit further tarnishes the country with her ignorance even at thi9s level We truly are a country with little to no standing and we deserve the likes of her for allowing her and others like her to occupy the time and attention of "normal" intelligent Americans