Is it a verb or is it even a word? No, it's a Palin
Sarah Palin's ongoing struggle with the English language entered a new phase this week, when she called on her Twitter followers to "refudiate" the proposal to build a mosque on the site of the World Trade Centre.
Mockery followed, as did a tweet in which she corrected herself and asked people to "refute" it. Not correct, either. Finally, she put an end to it by saying: "Refudiate, misunderestimate, wee-wee'd up. English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin words, too."
Her three examples are all interesting. "Refudiate" is a portmanteau word -- one that blends syllables and meanings to novel effect -- invented by Ms Palin from "refute" and "repudiate".