Lawrence O’Donnell: Sarah Palin is ruining the English language

posted at 1:18 pm on November 18, 2010 by Cubachi

If there is something we learned this year, it’s that anything Palin tweets or writes on Facebook becomes international news and the talk of the nation, especially when it comes to politics.

Two nights ago on his program, Lawrence O’Donnell decided to rant on New Oxford American Dictionary for their decision to include Sarah Palin’s word “refudiate” into the English language.

Palin’s typo in a tweet about the Ground Zero mosque was the talk on twitter. Palin called it “Shakespearean.” The result: she popularized the word and it is now part of the lexicon.

New Oxford wrote about their decision:

An unquestionable buzzmaker in 2010, the word refudiate instantly evokes the name of Sarah Palin, who tweeted her way into a flurry of media activity when she used the word in certain statements posted on Twitter. Critics pounced on Palin, lampooning what they saw as nonsensical vocabulary and speculating on whether she meant “refute” or “repudiate.”

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.”

Lawrence O’Donnell got wee-wee’d up with the decision, and lashed out against the dictionary for allowing Sarah Palin to ruin the English language, or something. He is also annoyed that for a woman, who he claims will not run for president, gets this much attention. Then why talk about her if she is so irrelevant?

“No doubt Sarah Palin and her supporters will take this honor and run with it; next they will be demanding that cartographers actually move Russia even closer to Sarah Palin house.”

Cross-posted at www.Cubachi.com


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Her sentences run on for so long, with so many dependent phrases, that it would be impossible to diagram them.

Meredith on November 18, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Trust me on this one in that I taught secondary English classes for over 35 years. Palin’s sentences are not run-ons. They may have many dependent clauses and phrases, but those complexities demonstrate the complexity of her thought. She manages to reach the point of that thought, too, without drifting off into the type of ether that ObaMao and Kerry are so famous for doing.

Off-the-cuff speech may be made up of fragments, but the written pieces by Palin are well-crafted. Besides that, her language is playful enough to be understood and appreciated by the average listener.

onlineanalyst on November 18, 2010 at 7:55 PM

I’ve heard Shemp Smith say “we are efforting to get you more information on this breaking story”, many times.

slickwillie2001 on November 18, 2010 at 8:08 PM

onlineanalyst on November 18, 2010 at 7:55 PM

I agree her writting and speech convey a person tha thas so much information to give they have trouble getting it out in one breath. Kind of like the absent minded professor.

unseen on November 18, 2010 at 8:23 PM

He-Who-Is-Amused-By-Liberals probably doesn’t know that, exactly as Sarah Palin said, Russia is visible from Alaska.

disa on November 18, 2010 at 9:17 PM

The fact that she made a socialist’s head explode is reason enough to butcher the English language.

mizflame98 on November 18, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Bright, clean articulate, I mean, that’s storybook man!

Inanemergencydial on November 18, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Trust me on this one in that I taught secondary English classes for over 35 years. Palin’s sentences are not run-ons. They may have many dependent clauses and phrases, but those complexities demonstrate the complexity of her thought. She manages to reach the point of that thought, too, without drifting off into the type of ether that ObaMao and Kerry are so famous for doing.

Off-the-cuff speech may be made up of fragments, but the written pieces by Palin are well-crafted. Besides that, her language is playful enough to be understood and appreciated by the average listener.

onlineanalyst on November 18, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Bless you for your expert analysis!

Merdedith has made that “run-on” complaint for weeks, if not months about Governor Palin.
Time it was put to bed definitively.

Jenfidel on November 18, 2010 at 9:34 PM

“No doubt Sarah Palin and her supporters will take this honor and run with it; next they will be demanding that cartographers actually move Russia even closer to Sarah Palin house.”

I can see Lawrence O’Donnell’s fear from the my home in Peterborough, Ontario.

Basilsbest on November 18, 2010 at 10:12 PM

PresidentPalin
it is a mouthfull for lawrence

Rea1ityCheck on November 18, 2010 at 10:49 PM

I love the criticism that springs from the fact that Alaska is about a mile and a half from Russia…you can in fact see Russia quite easily from Alaska. Then the left takes this fact and demeans Sarah with it.
I keep saying this but it’s true…how childlike.
We have beaucoup Russians living in Wasilla. Many of the women still wear traditional dresses and hats with pride I might add. What a mix we have here. I like it.

Obama invented a word by slaughtering another. Some use of an existing word that he tacked a suffix on to that made no sense. Mark Levin caught and highlighted it. That was it. No one, that I’m aware of, made anything of it at all. I mean to tell you, it made him sound stupid as hell…highlighted his ignorance?
If Bush or now, Sarah, had uttered such a word there would have been no end to it. The Hip Hop Prez gets a break.

Army Brat on November 18, 2010 at 11:22 PM

And these people call themselves “progressive.” Haven’t they every heard of Rich Hall and sniglets?

miron on November 19, 2010 at 2:47 AM

After O’Donnell’s pathetic and churlish meltdown against Swift Boat John O’Neill during tee ’04 campaign, O’Donnell has absolutely NO STANDING to criticize anyone else’s behaviour in the media, ever again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8zbv7I6cTs

rayra on November 19, 2010 at 4:44 AM

Liberals would hide her toilet paper if they weren’t afraid of the grizzlies that protect her.

It appears that these learned elites develop swollen heads and tiny hearts in keeping with their imprinted ideology.

What America needs is an alternate education system. This man is but one more piece of evidence of that truth. I won’t speak about the infamous lawyer from Harvard Law that insists that the constitution is flawed, simply because it doesn’t allow control freaks more power.

You would think that Marxists would at the very least, in keeping with their deception gods, learn to wear less discernable costumes.

Don L on November 19, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Let’s not get started on a certain demographic that votes 90% for democrats ruining the language… Aight!

Scrappy on November 19, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Lawrence O’Donnell: Clueless engineer on a runaway freight train thundering down the track toward the washed out bridge of irrelevancy . . .

BigAlSouth on November 19, 2010 at 2:24 PM

I saw his bit on refudiate. It was actually pretty funny. He was madder at the “contemporary” OED than at Palin, in all honesty.

AnninCA on November 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM

What Palin does that makes me nuts, and I’ve mentioned this before, she does this deal where she makes verbs into nouns.

It’s pretension. They all do it these days, but she really, really does it.

I’d love to get ahold of her and get her to really talk straight.

Noun-verb has worked for ages. It would work for her, too.

AnninCA on November 19, 2010 at 4:17 PM

I wrote about this at RedState: “‘Refudiate’ word-of-the-year (in November?) is cheap ripoff of American Dialect Society and is fake ‘news.’”

Lawrence O’Donnell made a silly mistake–the New Oxford English Dictionary said that “refudiate” is its Word of the Year, but the word is not in its dictionary. The word is always regarded as a mistake, even by Sarah Palin.

I wrote to O’Donnell to correct the mistake (the word is NOT in the dictionary), but there was no response or correction.

barrypopik on November 19, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Obama mispronounced the term “corpsman” three times in the same speech, but O’Donnell is going to get his panties in a knot over Palin’s typo. Whadda maroon!

College Prof on November 20, 2010 at 1:26 PM

What Palin does that makes me nuts, and I’ve mentioned this before, she does this deal where she makes verbs into nouns.

Then, you obviously haven’t “friended” someone on Facebook or you would realize that nouns get “verbed” all the time.

College Prof on November 20, 2010 at 1:29 PM

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