Ah, we’ve got an election on the horizon; can’t you see it? It’s right there, next to Russia.
While I don’t know if Sarah Palin will indeed be coronated the next president of the United States, if you’re Barack Obama, you’ve got to just check out, like Joe Biden did in the vice presidential debates. Can’t you just picture it? Obama would be talking about some nuclear arms treaties or global warming or the actual curvature of the Earth which puts Sarah Palin some 60 or so miles up in the air before she could indeed “see” Russia, and she will just pull out some gem which wows Rush and Hannity and send the left into a tail spin.
We’ll see what it is, but for now, her latest contribution to the modern American political lexicon is “refudiate.” Oh yes friends, add it to your spell check, because Sarah Palin has indeed added a new word to the world, according to the Global Language Monitor:
“Refudiate: Conflation of ‘refute’ and ‘repudiate’ (un)officially coined by Sarah Palin.”
See that? And I bet Palin never thought she’d ever conflate anything!
Still, one has to wonder if Sarah Palin will even run for President (“ahem”). And if she does, it’s questionable whether or not her handlers will let her fly as fast and loose from the cuff as George Jr.
One of my favorite Bushisms was one of his earliest and most memorable — “Misunderestimate.” We all remember that one, right? From Global Language Monitor:
“Misunderestimate (2002) One of the first and most enduring of Bushisms.”
In a reflective piece from the NY Daily News and reported back about the meeting of a group of language monitors who compiled a top 15 list, they labeled misunderestimate as the most memorable of the Bushisms, likely because it was one of the first.
Right after the disputed election in 2000 (remember that? He almost wasn’t our President for eight years), he was speaking about his victory in Bentonville, Arkansas, on Nov. 6, 2000, when he said of his opponents “they misunderestimated me.”
It’s this misunderestimation which would stick with George W. Bush for his whole eight years in office. President Bush would keep impressing us, somehow digging a little bit deeper into that vat of good sentiment and decency and respect and he’d just somehow outdo himself.
So while it remains to be seen whether or not Sarah Palin can muster up enough good will with the people to earn their nomination to the highest office in the land, she will undoubtedly try. Palin should make sure she uses a nimble amount of truthiness and brushes up on her Chinglish.