Word Of The Summer: Refudiate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- It's not a real word, but that hasn't stopped "refudiate" from becoming Merriam-Webster's 2010 "Word of the Summer."
The publishing company says Sarah Palin's pseudo-word was the most-often searched by users of its online dictionary. The former Alaska governor used it twice in July -- once on a news show and later on Twitter -- in place of refute or repudiate.
It's not in the dictionary, but Merriam-Webster's publishers say they think searchers understood Palin's intent, since refute and repudiate were also looked up very frequently.
Some other top words: inception and despicable, both used in summer movie titles. Also, opulent, used to describe Chelsea Clinton's wedding.


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  • by todd Location: potterville on Sep 8, 2010 at 04:33 AM
    Well more sarah bashing,when her church was burned to the ground right after the 2008 election dont you think that was a good enough dig...oh yeah there was basicaly a media black out on that!!But we cant burn the quran!!But sarah's church is ok.
  • by Anonymous Location: Jackson on Sep 7, 2010 at 09:52 AM
    She truly has an interesting take on the English Language. I believe her degree is in Journalism so she must be well versed on how to make up new words in order to get her message across. Doesn't create any confusion does it?
  • by John Location: Jackson on Sep 7, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    All I can say is: LOL!!!
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