When the word refudiate initially came out of Sarah Palin’s mouth/tweet there was quite a stir from wordsmiths, linguists and pundits. Refudiate was not a real word…until now. Today is was announced that the Oxford American Dictionary has deemed Sarah Palin’s non-word the word of the year! But although it was deemed worthy of that honor, there aren’t plans (yet) to actually include it in the dictionary.
But when a well respected organization like the Oxford American Dictionary bestowed an honor like that, it’s hard to ignore the words worthiness. Was it a political statement? Was it a cheap ploy to get into the news? Or is refudiate really that remarkable of a word?