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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Sarah Palin tweeted “Ground Zero Mosque supporters, doesn’t it stab you in the heart as it does our throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, please refudiate.”
Seems to be a combination of repudiate and refute.
http://www.mediaite.com/online/sarah-pa … f-twitter/
Love it. Hear it all the time.
And on it goes..
Refudiate is a great blend. The phreno-demonic principle tells us that there are bound to be others out there in the fuzzy cloud that envelopes repudiate, refute, refuse, rebuke, repugn and maybe recuse. It could have been worse for Sarah:
The entire Church repuked Pope St. Victor when he threatened Asia with excommunication.
I guess I had always just imagined that Eve took the brunt of the repuke that God gave the couple—that Adam was only really punished because he was cast out of the garden, but this is pretty version is pretty clear. Adam was repuked severely for his transgression.
Last edited by David Bird (2010-07-20 17:28:41)
“Repuke” is amazing. While looking through Web hits for it, I ran across “Repuke” as a nickname for Republicans. Barry Popik has a brief analysis and many examples: http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new … _nickname/
I agree with Pat, “repuke” for “rebuke” is choice.
Perhaps “revoke” should be added to the BFS. Note that “revoke” and “rebuke” are confused:
: “This is clearly an abuse case the government should rebuke the license of Wonderful World of Pets.”
: “After that I calmed down. But I still want to kill that person, or at least rebuke his license ”
This one covers all the bases:
: “And by the way, while you’re dreaming up ways to revoke and rebuke the licenses of the nurses that take risk at the bedside and put their lives and livelihoods on the line from infectious diseases and long hours. you suffer no risk of reprimand or malpractice because you’re no where near a patient. nurse?”
Last edited by kem (2010-07-20 22:51:28)
I have refudiate marked as standard for someone I know pre-1993. (It’s been in the last chapter of my blooper book, David B can testify, since before Sarah Palin —or rather, people wanting to mock SP and make her look bad— made it famous.) It’s also easy to find examples on the web dated to several years ago. It is the sort of blend that can very easily have occurred independently multiple times. I love it, but do not consider it much of a good eggcorn.
Last edited by DavidTuggy (2010-07-25 17:20:54)
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .