Alex Massie

Lexicographers for Palin

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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.

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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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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