Sarah Palin went from being the mayor of a small Alaska town to being
vice-presidential candidate. She commands six-figure sums to speak
publicly. She is a best-selling author. She is a hockey mom. And she
remains a political force, offering her wit and wisdom on Fox News.
lately, she has found a new medium for her message: Twitter. And on
Twitter, where she has almost two-hundred-thousand followers, she has
discovered a new skill: neologism.
That's polite Latin for, "using words that don't exist in the real world."
this short message, posted Saturday, about her opposition to plans to
build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City:
Zero Mosque supporters: doesn't it stab you in the heart, as it does
ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, please refudiate."
before you try to refute that claim, or repudiate Ms. Palin's right to
create new words, consider how clever an almagamation of verbs it is:
the word combination can save up to nine letters, depending on the
Nonetheless, a grudging Twitterati took Ms. Palin to task for her logo-creativity, and she deleted the message.
And tried again.
New Yorkers, please refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe
catastrophic pain causes at the twin towers site is too raw, too real."
so maybe she's not so clever after all. She had a fifty per cent chance
of replacing "refudiate" with the correct word, and chose wrong.
So that tweet was deleted, too.
though, she revealed that, in her word creation, she'd found a soul
mate an Elizabethan playwright. "Shakespeare coined new words, too," she
gleefully tweeted, and the phenomenon of "Shakespalin" was born.
To wit: "But soft, what light from yonder window breaks? It is the East, and I can see Russia from my front porch!"
Or, "All the perfume in Arabia shall not sweeten this ink-stained, crib-noted hand."
Across the world, people are helping Ms. Palin improve some of the best lines ever written in English.
what of it, O Talkback? Care to help? Can you help the Bard of Wasilla
hone her iambic pentameter? Come not to bury Ms. Palin, but to praise
her! Help her mend her speech a little, lest she may mar her fortunes!
1-888-481-5718. Or, send an e-mail to email@example.com. Or, better yet, try
out our brand new Twitter account by sending a message to
"cbcasithappens." (Yes, even the luddites at As It Happens can be roused
by Sarah Palin's genius.)
in the the words of another powerful American politician, who recently
served as president for two terms, and who had a penchant for neologism
himself, this is a woman who is not to be misunderestimated.