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Sarah Palin's 'Refudiate' Is The Word Of The Year

"Refudiate," the word created by Sarah Palin during an interview on Fox News' "Hannity" program four months ago and then again on her Twitter feed, has won the 2010 Word of the Year award from the New Oxford American Dictionary.  The word, a seeming combination of "refute" and "repudiate," became an instant source of ridicule directed at the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee.  But a statement from the Oxford University Press was not making any judgment on 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.'"

... pointing out once again the risk of misunderestimating Sarah Palin.