Oh, the horror:
A Twitter posting Sunday from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, in which she claimed common ground with Shakespeare, started the blogosphere’s week in rollicking fashion.
Palin tweeted that “peaceful Muslims” should “refudiate” the New York mosque being built near Ground Zero. This prompted plenty of retweets at her expense — “refudiate,” of course, is not a word.
After deleting the offending tweet, Palin replaced it with another, calling on “peaceful New Yorkers” to “refute the Ground Zero mosque plan” — although the word she was apparently looking for was “repudiate.”
Then came the kicker: To quell the ribbing she was receiving on Twitter, Palin posted another tweet: ” ‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!”
Dunno about you, but I think we could use a lot more self-deprecation these days from public figures and politicos.
I’m guessing that The Usual Suspects on the left and certain Palin haters on the right who are pointing to this as an example of her alleged “stupidity” have never ever messed up a word in their lives, have never gotten words twisted. If only the rest of us could be so perfect.
Of course, the WaPo’s “Voices” blog tried to make it sound like Palin was equating herself to Shakespeare, which was not – in reality – what she was trying to do. If they want equations that in no way fit, maybe they should look to our celebrity President and the deliberate Lincoln imagery/evocations he used both as a candidate for President, and as President-Elect.
Guess it’s a slow news day?