Morpheus on… “Refudiate”

Americans wonder why the World HATES them – well, the word “Hummer” followed by the word “limo” might be ONE clue. However, they might also look to the fact that the “Oxford American Dictionary” (the Oxford ENGLISH Dictionary should SUE) has just declared “refudiate” – their Word Of The Year.

Are they KIDDING???

The word does not EXIST. It was merely another one of legendary right-wing airhead Sarah Palin’s many BLOOPERS – she mistakenly mashed up the words “repudiate” and “refute”.

Thus, in addition to SLAUGHTERING the Queen’s English on a daily basis, America is now REWARDING IGNORANCE of it!!!

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alfie on November 17, 2010 at 5:26 am

    In a word ……”Arrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhhhh”!

    Or, in the true spirit of your report, I have to say that I’m utterly discomflabbergated!

  2. Not all mashed-together words make folk furious, only the ones made in ignorance by people we do not like.

    As to deliberately invented words, some are humorous, others are contrived and doomed to get nowhere, such as my ‘mindkind’ intended to replace ‘alien’ in referring to intelligent lifeforms throughout the cosmos, and my ‘audiocast’ to refer to radio programs both educational and entertaining.

    I have never liked ‘infotainment’ but I find biopic OK.

  3. Posted by Morpheus on November 18, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Words like infotainment, biopic, dramady or dramedy (comedy-drama – both spellings are used) and so on are convenient or lazy according to one’s tastes; but m’point about Calamity-Jane-On-Acid is that by all accounts, she wasn’t trying to MAKE UP a new word (hell, I’VE done that in these columns, more than once) – the silly bitch, who, as a politician, should have at least mastered basic English (although George Wan… sorry, WaLker Bush never managed it – and he ended up in the OVAL OFFICE) said the aforementioned word out of sheer dumb IGNORANCE… and then effectively got REWARDED for it. (And I’ll bet she couldn’t manage a sentence THAT long!)

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