Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Quote of the Day


"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.'"

-- Statement from the New Oxford American Dictionary, rationalizing its seemingly inexplicable decision to choose Sarah Palin's completely made-up word "refudiate" as its word of the year

You know, when smart people begin caving to the barrage of demands from unbelievably dumb people, that tells you we're well into Idiocracy territory.

23 comments:

Thomas B said...

I can only imagine the smug crowing of that smug bitch when she receives news of this (you know that's how she'll hear of it - the dumb cunt doesn't even read). Jesus, I'm so happy to have left that shithole for Australia. There are dumb-asses over here galore; but they're certainly not in a position to mis-pronounce words and -- lo and behold! -- have a fucking dictionary slavish praise on those oral abortions.

Chez said...

Yeah, you're lucky. First of all because there are Australian girls. Also because, yes, it's astonishing how effectively this country caters to the elementary school whims of this daffy bitch -- and if you argue about it, it just makes it even made painful to hear her legion of fawning, stupid-as-fuck acolytes say, "That's why we love Sarah, she just infangers those liberals!" (a combination of infuriate and anger.)

Thomas B said...

Since I got your attention, Chez -- if you get a chance (after, of course, listening to your beloved A Chemical Romance) do check out a fantastic album called "Stridulum II" by Zola Jesus. Think Kate Bush meets Siouxsie Sioux meets opera -- all on a concept album inspired by a cheesy Italo-American sci-fi film from 1978.

John said...

She's out-Bushed Bush.

Krissy said...

Woderful, more undeserved accolades for Team Idiot Palin. Don't they know by now that every little bit of recognition given to this dingbat adds another hour to her fifteen minutes of fame? And, adding insult to injury, her TLC show had almost 5 million viewers last night, the largest ever for TLC. Is the US being punk'd? Why is there never a good freak hunting accident when you want one.

Anonymous said...

WHAT! THE FUCKING! FUCK?!

Bill Orvis White said...

GET OVER IT, CHEZ! I'm hopping mad this morning, so I'M GOING ALL CAPS, DAMMIT! SARAH WILL BE A MUCH BETTER PRESIDENT THAN HUSSEIN OBAMA! There, I wrote it in ALL CAPS! What's yer fixation on Miss Sarah? She's a born leader with far more qualifications than this failure of a "president." I pray that she defeats Lil Hussein in 2012. When she's sworn in, you might even get a real job and a better quality of life and maybe, just maybe, this damn Big Gov't will GET OFF MY BACK! My taxe$ are through the roof and no one seems to care! Doctors are getting out of the business because of Obamacare! No one seems to care! God is out of the classrooms. No one seems to care!
Amen,
Bill

becky said...

i am so mad at this

oceanblue1 said...

Stupid is as stupid does. What next, a special edition of bullshit words that Sarah Palin has made up that mean absolutely nothing, not to her and not to anybody else? Maybe it's for the best, the illiterate need SOMETHING to make them feel, you know, not so stupid. They can call it "The New Oxford American Dictionary for the Not-so-Stupid and Illiterate Part of America That Is Growing Faster then Rabbits Procreate."

Darek said...

For something to become accepted as a new word doesn't it have to enter common usage among a large enough group of people?

Are the good folks who publish the New Oxford Dictionary not aware that the only people who use the 'word' refudiate, besides Palin herself, are doing so to mock her poor grasp of the English language?

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Dear Bill Orvis, your taxes were set by previous Congresses and presidents. Everybody knows that.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Dear everybody, Dearest Sarah didn't invent nor was she the first to pull that conflation.

The following Google search -- refudiate -Palin +2007 -2010 -- gave 24,400 hits.

She just popularised, or even less, simply broadcast, an error that was already rampant in a small way.

(The dictionary people mentioned this, saying it had been used before, and that that played in their decision.)

SteveR said...

NOAD's trying to expand into the illiterate market.

Anonymous said...

We can't be adverse to Palin getting accolades for her effect on the English language. Do we really have alternative choices in regards to the proper use of our language? Has she been fully appraised that the English language has a new word because of her? I'm sure her contingency of supporters will be greatly amused by all of this. I mean if you really bisect the issue, what's the big deal? She is just being economic in her use of words. Really, the only issue I have with her is that her speeches need to be flushed out more. Do not horde the English language, share and enjoy its growth. When people correct Palin, they are inferring that they know more than her. There is not logic inherit in that view. Its ironic that of all people, Chez would be complaining the loudest about Palin. Like a levy about to collaspe from a torrential rain, we need to recognize that the English we were taught in school isn't the English of the American heartland. We are literally clueless to what real Americans think. Over thinking about proper English only serves to mitigate against affective communication. Our inability to reach our fellow Americans cannot be underestimated. Palin speaks in a perspicacious way that the rest of us could only wish to. Just ask yourself "Where's the middle Americans who have issue with how she speaks?"

Thomas B said...

@Anonymous 3.03: What if one despises middle Americans? I don't despise them, necessarily, but I do find them to be ignorant lumps of meaty matter who I don't want in any position of power because of their bigoted views on racial issues, homophobia as regards to treatment towards gays, and their folksy belief in a magical man who lives up in the clouds (and their intensive efforts to shove those morals down the throats of everyone else). No, I don't despise them -- I just think they're relatively drab and awful.

Krissy said...

I hope anonymous 3:03pm is trying to pull a Bill Orvis White-esque rant.

Anonymous said...

Reread what I typed. Jesus...and I was worried that "effect" was too fucking obvious.


Each sentence contains a commonly misused word. Yeah...Palin is a fucking moron...amirite?

Anonymous said...

If memory serves, The New Oxford folks were the ones who also decided that "bootylicious" deserved to be added to the American lexicon. So, yeah. Fuck 'em.

Kevin Davis said...

@Anonymous

Does that mean "CAN I HAZ THAT?" is grammatically correct now? Is that "sharing and enjoying its growth"?

John Foley said...

Bill Orvis is a joke, right? Somebody chiming in with a little performance art?

CNNfan said...

School teachers will teach students to regurgitate refudiate.

Used in a sentence:
I regurgitate food I ate and the word refudiate.






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Friendly joke.

Anonymous said...

Bill Orvis White is Satire. As a joke, I guess it depend on how he (it - since the character is a robot) offends.

Aconite said...

Does this mean "irregardless" is next?