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Sunday, September 5, 2010

On Politician's Newly Found Lexicomania

From Dictionary.Com/TheHotWord

Sarah Palin says “refudiate” and creates a word controversy. What’s the big problem with refudiate?

While it is true i am no authority when it comes to language, it is widely agreed that language is a living thing, it is organic and liable/apt to change due to people's usage.

Inwardly, i refudiate the verb "refudiate" because it comes from this abnormally doubtful source. Nonetheless, i will consider incorporating it in my lexicon and will use it sparingly for humoristic purposes.

Granted that *malapropisms happen all the time and sometimes people have no control over what they are saying for a number of reasons. You may be tired and numbed by stress and therefore unable to concatenate your sentences appropriately.

Or more cynically, this may be some sort of ill-starred attempt (by whom?) to foul up the very airwaves we use to draw our daily news and information. Plus, we all know that the Mass Media will resort to this underhanded and perhaps underrated m.o, or peculiar ways of doing things, merely to uptick their ratings and sell their papers.

We all know that notoriety sells papers and advertising (and your indelible mark in fame's hallowed halls). You are all up to here with contemporary examples...


Interestingly, you may wish to learn, the Establishment resorts to semantics to advance their agenda. Go here for a previous entry on language and follow the link to an article on Common Dreams  on the very subject.


Question: Do you feel you are being manipulated by words?


*mal·a·prop·ism
  [mal-uh-prop-iz-uhm]
–noun
1.
an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, esp. by the confusion of words that are similar in sound.
2.
an instance of this, as in “Lead the way and we'll precede.”


5 comments:

  1. The problem with "refudiate", in my opinion, is that it didn't come from a new word coining opportunity, like turning facebook into a verb, or from the discovery of something new. Even malapropisms can eventually earn status as contextual meanings for words (figuratively, if not literally). Refudiate came from the mouth of a moron who was trying to use a grown up word, "repudiate", but didn't have the vocabulary sills to pull it off. Then when called on it, she insists it is a word, then says she's coining a word because she wants to. While idiots often are the cause of the flowing changes to our grammar, spelling, and meaning, it bothers me that we don't value intelligence enough to correct our mistakes and learn from them. Rather, we celebrate the idiocy and give her kudos for coining a word. Which, incidentally, she didn't actually coin. There were other idiots before her who made the same mistake. Even her mistakes aren't original.

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  2. Oh, how we agonize over what this idiot says...we should have rung the bell that said her 15 minutes of fame were over once she made it clear during that interview with Katie Kouric...period.
    Sadly, there is a great number of people out there who are even more ignorant and uneducated than her...so to them she may appear to have a PHD.
    However, with the little education she has, she has been able to make a fortune...so there is hope for those whose life-long ambition is to finish the 7th grade...maybe even get a GED.

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  3. Stan and Raulito, wow! You absolutely loathe the person in question. Your responses are dripping with grrrrr! enough to smother the living wits out of quartz crystals. Yes, Stan, there's precedent all over...Oh, Language!

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  4. I can't speak for Raulito, but yes. I think she, and those who think like her, are dangerous. They spread fear and panic, and that is no way to move forward. It's not good to have her in the limelight at all. She makes America look silly and stupid. I thought we were over that phase when we got rid of Bush!

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  5. The fear and the panic, that is deplorable. It is so evident it is almost a cliché for us to try to understand it. We better not let ourselves be touched by their tactics.

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