Sunday, November 28, 2010

Refudiate? Really?

On Nov. 21st  Karen Maezen Miller at Cheerio Road ( said,
"A couple of weeks ago the sucky New Oxford American Dictionary named Sarah Palin’s twitter flub refudiate their word of the year.

Huh?  Are you kidding?  It's not a new word people, it's a mispronounced word!

Karen went on to say that "The dictionary folks are just trying to sell more dictionaries, even as they undermine the relevance of dictionaries."  That's what it's all about these days, it seems.  Money, money, money!  Never mind if it makes sense, is ethical or even beneficial, if it makes "us" money let's do it!

She then went on to make list of the words that she wouldn't mind never hearing again.  This is part of her list:

connectivity  crowdsourcing   earmark   eyeroll   fail   grizzly   hashtag   hater   influencer   kanye   kardashian   launch  manifesto   mashup   meh   optimization   palin   platform  rogue   silo  smackdown  socialist   sucky  summit   tea   trending   transparency  viral  zenlike

I can't think of any words other than most of the “words” in the, I guess you would say,  “hip hop” world.

the schniz
booty call
the hood
my crib

and so on!

I understand that new words come along every once in a while and are added to the dictionary (like floppy disk, cd rom, etc.)  These words are new words with their own meaning and areneeded, useful and relevant to our changing world.  Therefore it is necessary to add them to the dictionary.

Words that are morphed from other words, mispronounced or made up really have no place in an official dictionary.

Do you agree or disagree?  Let me know!


  1. Debbie- I love that you have a tag for Sarah Palin. That is our dearly beloved governor who quit on us. S'up with that? (had to use one of your hip hop words. I did not get your address to send you the creative space magazine. Email me at so I can mail it off to you.

  2. "S'up"...too funny!

    Sarah quitting on you was a bad move for sure.

    I'll e-mail you. Thanks