Sarah Palin invents word in Twitter gaffe

Sarah Palin is in the news again, for trying to invent new words while tweeting.

Updated: Jul 19, 2010, 17:56 PM IST

Washington: US`s glamorous politician
Sarah Palin is in the news again -- this time, for apparently
trying to invent new words while tweeting about plans to build
a mosque near the `Ground Zero` site in New York.

The former Republican vice-presidential candidate, who
often uses the micro-blogging site Twitter to communicate her
views, made three attempts before writing an error-free entry
which can only contain 140 characters.

In her first effort, she asked "peaceful Muslims"
to "pls refudiate" the mosque.

Having invented a word, in her second attempt she
used "refute" incorrectly, calling on "peaceful New Yorkers to
refute the Ground Zero mosque plan". Both those messages were
removed from her page, though not before being salvaged by US
news websites. The third attempt remains.

By way of explanation for her errors, the former
Alaska governor posted a fourth "tweet" that said "English is
a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too",
the media reported.

The substance of her messages prompted a strong
response -- on Twitter -- from an aide to Michael Bloomberg,
the Mayor of New York.

Andrea Batista Schlesinger tweeted: "@SarahPalinUSA
mind your business" and in a second entry implied that Palin
was "racist". Both messages were later removed from her page
after media enquiries to New York city hall.