Sarah Palin’s ‘refudiate’ wins Oxford dictionary’s Word of the Year

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is having a very good month. She has a hit reality show, a bright political future and, now, the Word of the Year. 

On Monday, the New Oxford American Dictionary named “refudiate,” a word first made famous by Palin this past summer, its 2010 Word of the Year.

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Expect next year to see the dictionary include the following entry:

“Refudiate —verb — used loosely to mean ‘reject’: She called on them to refudiate the proposal to build a mosque. [origin — blend of refute and repudiate]”

In a statement Monday, editors from the dictionary said that based on “the different contexts in which Palin has used ‘refudiate,’ we have concluded that neither ‘refute’ nor ‘repudiate’ seems consistently precise, and that ‘refudiate’ more or less stands on its own, suggesting a general sense of ‘reject.’ ”

But refudiate (no quotes needed, anymore) wasn’t the only word used in political circles that made the shortlist for 2010’s Word of the Year. Here are a few more finalists:

“Bankster — noun — (informal) A member of the banking industry perceived as a predator that grows rich at the expense of those suffering in a crumbling economy: Trillions of dollars are flowing to the banksters in the form of near-zero interest loans. [origin — 1930s: blend of banker and gangster]”

“Tea Party — a U.S. political party that emerged from a movement of conservatives protesting the federal government in 2009. [origin — allusion to the Boston Tea Party of 1773]”