At a Loss for Words

I am appalled at the Oxford English Dictionary which last year published its list of acceptable new words. Among the list was Sarah Palin’s “refudiate.” Ms. Palin certainly creates news and exercises her charisma in many ways, but what in the world does the word “refudiate” add to the English lexicon? Nothing. She is a celebrity and therefore commands acceptance, even among the high-brow Oxford English Dictionary people. I think my word “alonely,” which I have written about and defined in this blog, is much more deserving of recognition as it is a combination of two words, “alone” and “lonely,” creating a new word that clearly adds a new perspective regarding our emotions. A few years ago, a friend of my brother’s also invented a word that I thought classy. He was referring to a Georgia author who was writing about Georgia rednecks. He spoke of the author’s stories about “redneckedness.” Now, that’s clever. How about considering that for your dictionary, Mr. Oxford?

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I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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2 Responses to At a Loss for Words

  1. Bob livesey says:

    Politicians are famous for inventing new words, like Bush’s misunderestimated. I guess we misunderestimated the damage one idiot could cause this country. Of course the double negative could come into play and the proper way to state it would be that this idiot did more damage to the country than first estimated. I reserve comment on Palin until we ascertain if she is from this planet. Most of her jargon sounds interplanetarian.

  2. Bill Martin says:

    It doesn’t make any efficiency sense. Refute is two syllables and refudiate is three! Next comes irregardless … a jillion times red-lined on my students’ term papers.

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