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Lawrence O’Donnell: Sarah Palin is ruining the English language (Much ado about 'refudiate')
Hotair ^ | 11/18/2010 | Cubachi

Posted on 11/18/2010 12:30:47 PM PST by WebFocus

If there is something we learned this year, it’s that anything Palin tweets or writes on Facebook becomes international news and the talk of the nation, especially when it comes to politics.

Two nights ago on his program, Lawrence O’Donnell decided to rant on New Oxford American Dictionary for their decision to include Sarah Palin’s word “refudiate” into the English language.

Palin’s typo in a tweet about the Ground Zero mosque was the talk on twitter. Palin called it “Shakespearean.” The result: she popularized the word and it is now part of the lexicon.

New Oxford wrote about their decision:

An unquestionable buzzmaker in 2010, the word refudiate instantly evokes the name of Sarah Palin, who tweeted her way into a flurry of media activity when she used the word in certain statements posted on Twitter. Critics pounced on Palin, lampooning what they saw as nonsensical vocabulary and speculating on whether she meant “refute” or “repudiate.”

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.”

Lawrence O’Donnell got wee-wee’d up with the decision, and lashed out against the dictionary for allowing Sarah Palin to ruin the English language, or something. He is also annoyed that for a woman, who he claims will not run for president, gets this much attention. Then why talk about her if she is so irrelevant?

“No doubt Sarah Palin and her supporters will take this honor and run with it; next they will be demanding that cartographers actually move Russia even closer to Sarah Palin house.”



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KEYWORDS: english; lawrenceodonnell; refudiate; sarahpalin
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1 posted on 11/18/2010 12:30:54 PM PST by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus

At least she can speak using her own brain and doesn’t say “uh” every other word like the guy in the white house.


2 posted on 11/18/2010 12:32:45 PM PST by madison10
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To: WebFocus

I hope she says “Strategery” now


3 posted on 11/18/2010 12:33:51 PM PST by Mr. K (TSA Sexual Assaulters: "You dont get on until we get off")
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To: WebFocus

“Lawrence O’Donnell: Sarah Palin is ruining the English language...”

But Zero getting a Nobel Prize doesn’t bother anyone...


4 posted on 11/18/2010 12:33:51 PM PST by jessduntno (In the news: Arab assassins. Pirates. Dengue. Cholera. Typhoid. Hookworm. Bedbugs. Cripes ...)
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To: madison10

Only the elite ruling class is allowed to make up words or to have speach affectations

and not be subject to ridicule.


5 posted on 11/18/2010 12:34:07 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: WebFocus

I hereby refudiate Lawrence O’Donnell.


6 posted on 11/18/2010 12:34:31 PM PST by Never on my watch (Touch my junk and I call the cops!)
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To: WebFocus

Whether you approve of her qualifications for the White House or not, you have to admire her ability to drive the left absolutely bats**t crazy.


7 posted on 11/18/2010 12:35:29 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: WebFocus

Personally, I find the term “wee-wee’d up” as more of a blight on the English language than “refudiate”. It is right up there with “Boo-yah!”.


8 posted on 11/18/2010 12:35:42 PM PST by kosciusko51
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To: WebFocus

Yeah Larry, and telling stories about Navy corpse men does no damage to the English language....


9 posted on 11/18/2010 12:36:43 PM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: WebFocus

Did he mind when Clintoon parsed the word ‘is’?
No, didn’t think so.


10 posted on 11/18/2010 12:36:53 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (President Palin....You Betcha! Liberals should start stocking up on duct tape now.)
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To: WebFocus

Oh no call the “Waa”mbulance


11 posted on 11/18/2010 12:36:58 PM PST by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?)
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To: everyone; WebFocus
See link to same post here in #3 and Sarah Palin's reaction!
12 posted on 11/18/2010 12:37:08 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: WebFocus

Included the word as part of my response to an email question from a very, very liberal client today. Made me feel warm all over.


13 posted on 11/18/2010 12:37:31 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: WebFocus

I’m convinced MSNBC exists soley as means by which liberals infesting the MSM can appear balanced when criticising FNC - “purveyors of hatred and misinformation such as MSNBC & Fox”.


14 posted on 11/18/2010 12:38:05 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Mr. K
I hope she says “Strategery” now

And "misunderestimated."

15 posted on 11/18/2010 12:38:18 PM PST by Allegra (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: WebFocus

I’d rather see new words created that create redundancy than see liberals twist and contort the meaning of existing language to meet their own deceitful ends.


16 posted on 11/18/2010 12:38:22 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: WebFocus

The last time I checked, “refudiate” was in fact considered poor usage in all 57 states, but it is allowed if you’re speaking Brazilian.


17 posted on 11/18/2010 12:38:24 PM PST by Stosh
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To: All

I nominate this as worse:

INHALATOR
——————————————————————————————OBAMA: Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma, they end up taking up a hospital bed, it costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early and they got some treatment, and a, a breathalyzer, or inhalator, not a breathalyzer. (crowd laughing) I haven’t had much sleep in the last 48 hours.


18 posted on 11/18/2010 12:39:02 PM PST by JerseyDvl (Sometimes the road less traveled.... is less traveled for a reason.)
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To: WebFocus

Maybe he can axe Jesse Jackson what he thinks about it.


19 posted on 11/18/2010 12:39:28 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: WebFocus

In order to refudiate Mr. O’Donnells expressed viewpoint, one need only refer to the Oxford American Dictionary discussion of the word:

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.”

Although Palin is likely to be forever branded with the coinage of “refudiate,” she is by no means the first person to speak or write it—just as Warren G. Harding was not the first to use the word normalcy when he ran his 1920 presidential campaign under the slogan “A return to normalcy.” But Harding was a political celebrity, as Palin is now, and his critics spared no ridicule for his supposedly ignorant mangling of the correct word “normality.”
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Now, why is it that only great conservatives get hit by the media for extraordinary use of the English language? Perfect lexical usage that is uncommon? Hmmmm?


20 posted on 11/18/2010 12:39:38 PM PST by November 2010
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To: WebFocus

At least she doesnt get memorial day and veterans day mixed up, knows how to say corpsman and knows that “Austrian” isnt a langauge.


21 posted on 11/18/2010 12:39:45 PM PST by blasater1960 (Deut 30, Psalm 111...the Torah and the Law, is attainable past, present and forever.)
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To: WebFocus

Who is Lawrence O’Donnell?? Some dictionary-user?


22 posted on 11/18/2010 12:39:45 PM PST by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Stosh
The last time I checked, “refudiate” was in fact considered poor usage in all 57 states, but it is allowed if you’re speaking Brazilian.

How about Austrian? :^)

23 posted on 11/18/2010 12:40:00 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: madison10

And Sarah Palin doesn’t say “corpse-man” like that idiot Obama did when referring to the Marine Corps.


24 posted on 11/18/2010 12:40:00 PM PST by roadcat
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To: WebFocus

Lawrence O’Donnell, otherwise known as the “Proud Socialist” is once again proving what idiots the left truly are. I just love watching these morons spew their hate, hopefully they will eventually explode riding us all of their stupidity


25 posted on 11/18/2010 12:41:26 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: TheThinker

The left’s “redefinition” of words is straight from their ideological “father”.

The best way to shut down a leftist in an argument is to make them define the terms that they are using. Either they can’t, or they won’t, or they end up admitting how opposed to individual freedom they actually are.


26 posted on 11/18/2010 12:42:31 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: WebFocus
"next they will be demanding that cartographers actually move Russia even closer to Sarah Palin house"

Apparently he can't tell the difference between Tina Fey's skit and Sarah Palin's actual quote.

Tina Fey: "I can see Russia from my house."

Sarah Palin: "They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska."

Geographical fact: Ostra Ratmanova in Russia is 2.4 miles away from the village of Diomede in Alaska.

27 posted on 11/18/2010 12:42:31 PM PST by wideawake
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To: Sarah Barracuda

ridding I mean, damn keyboard


28 posted on 11/18/2010 12:42:42 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: WebFocus

Language is like a snapshot in time.

The English we use today is very different than in the past.


29 posted on 11/18/2010 12:43:02 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: roadcat

I’ve thought about it for a while, and I think “corpse-man” was a verbal middle finger to the Marines.


30 posted on 11/18/2010 12:43:29 PM PST by kosciusko51
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To: WebFocus
Headline: "Lewis Carroll ruined the English language, says slithy socialist"

Portmanteau words are derived by combining portions of two or more separate words. From an Internet source.

It was Lewis Carroll in Through The Looking Glass who coined the word portmanteau to describe them. In the book Humpty Dumpty explains that: "Well, 'slithy' means 'lithe and slimy'. 'Lithe' is the same word as 'active'. You see, it's like a portmanteau - there are two meanings packed into one word." Among several other words Carroll created chortle (a combination of 'chuckle' and 'snort') and galumph ( a combination of 'gallop' and 'triumph').

31 posted on 11/18/2010 12:44:01 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Stosh

Obama: “Brazilian? Is that what comes after ‘trillion’?”


32 posted on 11/18/2010 12:44:24 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: WebFocus
So who the hell can we pin the blame on for such American english gems such as:

Sho' nuff
dubs
Don't be ...
Ofay!
Fo sho
stacks
cheese
donkey punch

Do I get to blame a political party or some other group of idiots for coming up with this vocabulary bilgewater?

33 posted on 11/18/2010 12:44:46 PM PST by Centurion2000 (WTH happened to my country?? I joined the Marines and defended the USA and it degenerates into this?)
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To: WebFocus

Lawrence, nobody asked you, because NOBODY WATCHES YOUR SHOW! So, go pray to your statue of Karl Marx and STFU.


34 posted on 11/18/2010 12:45:00 PM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Centurion2000

Q: What is “fee fi fo, fi fo, fi fo”?
A: Mike Tyson’s phone number.


35 posted on 11/18/2010 12:46:12 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: WebFocus
Let's include the word "Corpseman" in the dictionary too.

Its definition? "A leader who was elected to office by wholesale trickery and race pandering, but finds himself wandering the halls alone, with the populace having found out he is but a fraud. Ex: The corpseman could only watch and shake his head as his advisers and cabinet retired en masse."

36 posted on 11/18/2010 12:49:59 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: WebFocus

Oh how soon the mediaPUKES forget the “weeweed up” word from President LOSER obama! GET A FREAKING GRIP YOU STUPID MEDIAwhores!!


37 posted on 11/18/2010 12:52:10 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: WebFocus

Yeah. Horrible. Kinda like “corpse” for “corps”.


38 posted on 11/18/2010 12:55:05 PM PST by FrdmLvr (Death to tyrants)
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To: WebFocus

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling
by Mark Twain

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter “c” would be dropped to be replased either by “k” or “s”, and likewise “x” would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which “c” would be retained would be the “ch” formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform “w” spelling, so that “which” and “one” would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish “y” replasing it with “i” and Iear 4 might fiks the “g/j” anomali wonse and for all. Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez “c”, “y” and “x” — bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez — tu riplais “ch”, “sh”, and “th” rispektivli. Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.


39 posted on 11/18/2010 12:56:54 PM PST by onedoug
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Imaginating, as in, “I’m not imaginating.”.

“Obama’s attempts to revive the economy have failed. I’m not imaginating.”


40 posted on 11/18/2010 1:00:58 PM PST by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: WebFocus

Nonsense is what O’Donnell is about.


41 posted on 11/18/2010 1:02:04 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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New Oxford American Dictionary submission:

Lawrence O’Donnell (verb): The state of incurring severe explosive diarrhea after eating very spicy beans and drinking copious amounts of beer.

Synonym phrases: the runs, taking a loose dump.

An example:

Nobody light matches ! I just ate two plates of baked chili beans and drank ten cans of beer and I have to take a Lawrence O'Donnell ! Grampa, outta my way and quit with the, 'Pull my finger jokes' because this is no laughing matter !


42 posted on 11/18/2010 1:02:44 PM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: WebFocus

This self admitted communist deserves the worst life offers... and his words are as evil as those of the devil himself.

LLS


43 posted on 11/18/2010 1:07:54 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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Where was OD when The One said corpse for corps? Where was he when The One said we have 57 states? --Oh sheesh! I forgot! We re ONLY talking about Safah.

vaudine

44 posted on 11/18/2010 1:12:39 PM PST by vaudine
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To: MrB

JFK used to call Cuba “ Cuber”....the media thought it was quaint!!!


45 posted on 11/18/2010 1:15:02 PM PST by ontap
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Lawrence O’Donnell: Sarah Palin is ruining the English language

Lawrence O'Donnell, the guy who proudly proclaims himself not a liberal, but a Socialist?

Pardon me if I fail to give a f*** what he has to say, except maybe if his commentary is along the lines of "Yes, sir, I would like to book that one way. Yes. To Russia. Yes sir. No, just me."

46 posted on 11/18/2010 1:21:22 PM PST by Lazamataz (Pelosi: Like a rapist, PROUD of their handiwork.)
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To: WebFocus

If O’Donnell is miffed at Palin, he should be absolutely furious at Jesse Jackson. To this day, I’ve yet to understand a complete sentence that’s come out of that guy’s mouth.


47 posted on 11/18/2010 1:27:06 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Scratch a “progressive” and a fascist bleeds)
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To: WebFocus

looks like an accidental merger of two words:

- repudiate: to formally separate from; to reject
- refute: to prove wrong by argument or evidence

I think both of these were accomplished with this election. So I propose adding this word to the dictionary so it will live in history. Let’s just start using the “word” proudly and make a few liberal heads explode.


48 posted on 11/18/2010 1:30:14 PM PST by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Centurion2000
So who the hell can we pin the blame on for such American english gems such as:

Sho' nuff


49 posted on 11/18/2010 1:35:21 PM PST by pepperhead (Kennedys float, Mary Jos don't)
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To: WebFocus

O’Donnell off his meds again...

Lawrence O’Donnell Rages On Bush Speechwriter Marc Thiessen: ‘Your Administration Invited The First Attack’

“Isn’t it true that the president you worked for invited the first attack by having no idea what was going on with al Qaeda? You just admitted that when you were hit on 9/11, you just said, ‘We didn’t know who hit us’. You were told who was going to hit you before 9/11. And your administration invited the first attack, for which you should live in shame.”

******

11-6-10

Lawrence O’Donnell Calls Himself A Socialist

I am not a progressive. I am not a liberal who is so afraid of the word that I had to change my name to progressive. Liberals amuse me. I am a socialist. I live to the extreme left, the extreme left of you mere liberals


50 posted on 11/18/2010 1:37:55 PM PST by kcvl
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