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The Alaskan Queen’s English


Sarah Palin Invents New Word: Refudiate

Refudiate (verb) post-coherent English:  To revive the principles and policies of Elmer Fudd.

Elmer Fudd (1940–) Republican icon.  Speech therapist for George W. Bush.  Spokesman for the National Rifle Association.  Physical prototype and sperm donor of the Neo-Conservative movement.

Revered, along with Yosemite Sam,  as the token humans of Merrie Melodies cartoons, Fudd heroically fought the carrot-stealing socialism of a pushy New York rabbit as well as the uppity behavior of a black duck.  Off screen, he displayed the same patriotic zeal and was a friendly witness at the HUAC hearings.  (Pepe Le Pew had to work in Europe for years.)

Although now semi-retired–he only sits on 47 corporate boards– Fudd remains an idol of the American Right.  There is talk that a well-known Conservative think tank will be renamed the Hoover and Fudd Institute.   And when planning the capture of Osama bin Laden, Donald Rumsfeld always considered “What would Elmer Fudd do?”


  1. Dennis says:

    I could easily forgiven her mistake , not best speller in the world myself . To claim to be like Shakespeare was just over the top .
    Some people never learn the first rule of holes : When you find yourself in one quit digging .

    • Eugene Finerman says:


      You don’t think that Palin actually was aware of Shakespeare’s literary inventions. Some token literate in her entourage offered her that information. It might have been William Kristol or Rich Lowery. They both suffer extreme cases of the “cute shiksa syndrome.” The Sarah type sneered at them in high school; but now if a cute cheerleader (however past tense) is willing to talk to a little Neo-gnome–he is so grateful that he’ll ghostwrite her book reports or at least correct her twitters.


  2. Eugene Finerman says:

    Palin’s comparison of herself to Shakespeare has inspired a number of Shakespalinisms.

    Here is my offering:

    O bray new word that hath such feeble in it.


  3. Maura says:

    Thank you so much for the best laugh I have had in weeks! She truly is a ‘moran’.

    • Eugene Finerman says:

      Hello Maura.

      Well, as long as I was your second-best, third-best and fourth best laughs too, I won’t feel that the rest of my writing has been in vain.


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