Palin likens herself to Shakespeare with newly coined word ‘refudiate’

Updated: Jul 19, 2010, 14:01 PM IST

Melbourne: After coining a new word—“refudiate”— Sarah Palin has now compared herself to Shakespeare, for her rather controversial contribution to English language.

The former Republican Vice Presidential candidate made up a new word and first used it last week on Fox News`s Hannity show when she called on President Obama and his wife Michelle to "refudiate" the NAACP`s suggestion that the Tea Party movement was racist.

But, it did not end there, for Palin used it again in a tweet addressing the Ground Zero mosque controversy.

"Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn`t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate,” quoted Palin as saying on her Twitter page.

Within hours, that tweet was deleted. A second tweet asked "peaceful New Yorkers" to "refute the Ground Zero mosque plan" and a third suggested rejecting it.

And finally came a fourth tweet, apparently acknowledging her language tussle, where she ended up comparing herself to Shakespeare.

"``Refudiate,` `misunderestimate,` `wee-wee`d up.` English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!” she said.

For the record, former President George W Bush used "misunderdestimate" and Mr Obama last year referred to people in Washington being "wee-wee`d up" in August.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs later tried to explain it away by saying: "I think wee-weed up is when people just get all nervous for no particular reason."

Palin`s word has already made it onto, an online slang dictionary.