Palin ‘refudiates’ uproar over made-up word

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) took some lumps over the weekend for using a made-up word in a Twitter post criticizing the ground-zero mosque. 

Some groups, including many conservatives, have lashed out against an Islamic organization’s plan to build a mosque near the site of the 9/11 attack in lower Manhattan. Palin joined the chorus this weekend, tweeting: “Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.”

After some on Twitter pointed out that “refudiate” is not a word, the tweet was deleted from Palin’s site. The Fox News analyst and possible 2012 presidential hopeful later joked about it by calling her creation Shakespearian:

“ ‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!”

While some, including Palin, have said that building the mosque would be disrespectful, others have said that sentiment is discriminatory toward Muslims.