Lexicographers for Palin

15 November 2010

Her reach – and ability to generate traffic – knows few bounds:

The Oxford English Dictionary has just named “refudiate” word of the year. The Oxford link seems to be crashing at the moment, from volume, no doubt.

Last year, apparently, it was "unfriend" and the year before "hypermiling" (whatever that is).

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And actually, "refudiate" isn’t a bad neologism/malapropsim at all. It has a certain something to it, even if it also suggests that the refutation in question may well be based upon hyperbogus assumptions.

UPDATE: But what about malamanteau?!


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  • rndtechnologies786

    Good blog.

  • fifer

    Incidentally, it’s clearly the Oxford English Dictionary to which you refer. I would suggest that an Oxford Scottish Dictionary would define “refudiate” as the sort of thing that happened when George Bush got back into office in 2004…

  • fifer

    HalcyonDays is quite correct, although he omits some of the more amusing implementations of hypermiling, which included home-made fibreglass bodykits, flush wheel trims, over-inflating your tyres and – my personal favourite – “drafting”, a practice borrowed from motor racing whereby you try to drive close enough to the car in front to be surrounded by its slipstream, hence reducing drag on your own car.

    All of which begs the question, what on earth would Americans do if they were paying our prices for petrol?

  • TravisD

    Refudiate is a perfectly cromulent word.

  • HalcyonDays

    “Hypermiling” grew out of the very high petrol prices in 2008 (especially in the US) when it became fashionable to drive economically and eke miles/per/gallon by driving softly, light touch on the accelerator, light braking, coasting up to traffic lights etc. etc. It became (briefly) a mark of distinction to gain better fuel consumption for your particular brand of vehicle.

  • DavidDP

    There is some truthiness to this.

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