Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Summer is Sarah Palin’s ‘refudiate’

September 8th, 2010 - 7:17 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

palin1 New York, Sep 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Sarah Palin feels she can also invent some new words, just like Shakespeare and the others did.

The former governor of Alaska in July used the words “refute” and “refudiate” on a news show and in a tweet on the popular social networking and micro blogging site Twitter and the two words instantly became Internet hits.

Those who were hearing the word probably for the first time were searching everywhere for the meaning of the word. Those words have become Merriam-Webster’s word of the Summer. “Refute” and “repudiate” have similar meaning. They can both mean “rejection” or “refusing”.

Though the words are not in any of the dictionaries available, it might not be long that the word becomes part of the official English language. Many words in the English dictionaries now were not there originally, but they were coined and then later they became part of it. Some famous words that have made it to the dictionary include “Vuvuzela”, “blog” and others.

Merriam-Webster tracks common words on the internet and name the top trend word on the internet every year. The website also comes up with the compilation of “new words” for the year.

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