A Humble Proposal You Can't Refudiate
I was as shocked and disappointed as anyone when it was announced that Sarah Palin would get her very own entry in the New Oxford American Dictionary with "refudiate", but I was also more than a little jealous.
I make up words all the time, and just because most of them are some variant of the F-bomb, and just because I don't look perky and cute in my signature glasses, and just because none of my sons is a teen spokesmodel/dance-mannequin, my semantic inventions rarely make it further than the bemused and unbelieving face of the recipient of some unwitting verbal lashing.
Well, that stops today.
It's not fair to characterize Palin as a politician. To do so is to demean the memory of luminaries like Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Richard Daley, and even Hillary Clinton, politicians who played the reins of power like the strings of a concert violin.
Likewise, it's not completely fair to classify Palin as a celebrity, even though, like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Kate Gosselin, she's mainly famous for being famous.
No, Palin is the herald of an entirely new species, peopled with the likes of Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, Alvin Greene, and Joe Miller. She's not a politician and she's not a celebrity. She's a CELEBRITICIAN.
I'll be expecting to see it in Websters in 2011.