Skip to comments.Sarah Palin, never misunderestimate Shakespeare
Posted on 07/22/2010 5:51:28 PM PDT by Nachum
I am thoroughly taken with Sarah Palins neologism. People often incorrectly use the word refute to mean something like deny or reject, only stronger. We could do with a new word to fill this gap and, since both refute and repudiate are already occupied with their actual meanings, neither can be pressed into service. Refudiate occupies the space perfectly, and deserves to become part of every politicians vocabulary.
The handsome Alaskan politician is quite right to say that Shakespeare came up with countless new-fangled words including countless and new-fangled. Among his coinages, as far as we can tell, are accommodation, assassinate, denote, dislocate, equivocal, eventful, hobnob, inauspicious, lacklustre, laughable, perplex, raw-boned, submerge, time-honoured, unmitigated and zany.
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I wish her opponents would vanish into thin air.
Gads. The woman didn’t invent a word, she was tweeting from her Blackberry. All sorts of things happen to words when you’re thumbing away at the keyboard.
I find it strange anyone would go after a tweet. Most words are made up.
I agree, there is no need to invoke Shakespeare to explain something so simple.
Obama and Biden are regular ‘gaff-O-matics’...
Maybe we could combine vanish, banish and punishment into vanishment.
Written by a snotty, elitist, condescending member of the British Establishment - never came across one before.
“Obama and Biden are regular gaff-O-matics...”
Hmmm ... Dan Ackroyd, Plugs and the Won ... add a Basso-Matic ... that’s how I like my entertainment ...
Sarah, head back and chuckling to her family as she reads this lamestream softball attack of a “single word”.
Regardless, she won't budge an inch.
Pretty cool. I like Daniel Hannan. He called her handsome, must be a first,made me smile.
What she needs to say proudly is, “Kiss my A$$! At least I don’t have to have a teleprompter to speak”
The writer was actually taking Palin’s side and listed long examples of words Shakespeare invented.
He’s actually a very clever and convincing conservative.
Or, “refuse” + “repudiate” = “refudiate”
I caught that too :-)
Spoken by The Ignorant and Unschooled One.
This thread could use some background on Hannan:
let me offer you this famous passage from one of Bernard Levins columns:
If you cannot understand my argument, and declare Its Greek to me, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger; if your wish is father to the thought; if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you have ever refused to budge an inch or suffered from green-eyed jealousy, if you have played fast and loose, if you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked or in a pickle, if you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity, insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing, if you have seen better days or lived in a fools paradise why, be that as it may, the more fool you , for it is a foregone conclusion that you are (as good luck would have it) quoting Shakespeare; if you think it is early days and clear out bag and baggage, if you think it is high time and that that is the long and short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out even if it involves your own flesh and blood, if you lie low till the crack of doom because you suspect foul play, if you have your teeth set on edge (at one fell swoop) without rhyme or reason, then to give the devil his due if the truth were known (for surely you have a tongue in your head) you are quoting Shakespeare; even if you bid me good riddance and send me packing, if you wish I was dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain, bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then by Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! For goodness sake! What the dickens! But me no buts! it is all one to me, for you are quoting Shakespeare.