A bard by any other name would not be a Palin
Sarah Palin has compared herself (via Twitter) with William Shakespeare, claim- ing she, like he, sits around idly coining new words. Shakespeare didn’t sit around doodling on a pub napkin for the purpose of creating new words for no conceivable reason.
But, Palin’s coinage — refudiate — is a forced compound of “repudiate” and “refute,” which in her oral TV contextual use are mutually exclusive and null each other out. That makes Palin’s coinage — like President George W. Bush’s “misunderestimate” — a malapropism and an example of incompetent use of the English language.
The problem with Palin and her fellow tea party aficionados is that they joyously wallow in their ignorance. They are members of a non-literate oral society, not a literate written society.
Twitter is not writing. Palin is not a leader. She is a celebrity, more akin to Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan or even Phyllis Diller — but with no talent whatsoever.