British MEP Daniel Hannan: Say, I Like The Cut Of Sarah Palin’s Shakespearean Jib

By Gary P Jackson

Remember when the left got all wee-wee’ed up because Sarah Palin coined the new word “refudiate“? Even better: Remember when they went deliciously insane because she talked about English being a “living language” and mentioned the Bard of Avon, William Shakespear?

Yeah, progressives are generally useless, but their value as comic relief almost makes them almost tolerable. Almost.

In a piece we wrote, Come To Think Of It … Sarah Palin IS Kind of Shakespearean, we talked about David Hirschman over at Big Think, and his musings on whether Sarah’s “refudiate” would have the staying power of Shakespear’s many words like “champion.”

Now it seems that Daniel Hannan, the British Conservative superstar, Member of the European Parliament, and self proclaimed Shakespearean obsessive, offers his considerable opinion in today’s UK Telegraph:

Sarah Palin, never misunderestimate Shakespeare

I am thoroughly taken with Sarah Palin’s neologism. People often incorrectly use the word “refute” to mean something like “deny” or “reject“, only stronger. We could do with a new word to fill this gap and, since both “refute” and “repudiate” are already occupied with their actual meanings, neither can be pressed into service. “Refudiate” occupies the space perfectly, and deserves to become part of every politician’s vocabulary.

The handsome Alaskan politician is quite right to say that Shakespeare came up with countless new-fangled words – including “countless” and “new-fangled“. Among his coinages, as far as we can tell, are accommodation, assassinate, denote, dislocate, equivocal, eventful, hobnob, inauspicious, lacklustre, laughable, perplex, raw-boned, submerge, time-honoured, unmitigated and zany.

But minting words was just one, and not the greatest, of Shakespeare’s gifts. I know many readers find my obsession with our national poet trying. So, instead of hymning his genius yet again, let me offer you this famous passage from one of Bernard Levin’s columns.

Read more here.

Funny, while the progressives continually be-clown themselves attacking Sarah Palin, her stature as a true renaissance woman only rises.



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11 responses to “British MEP Daniel Hannan: Say, I Like The Cut Of Sarah Palin’s Shakespearean Jib

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  2. Joy

    And don’t forget that other character on the USA political stage, Cowboy George – affectionately (??) known as “W” (even Liberace and Cher have had to use more letters to identify themselves…), who famously coined the word, “Strategery…” What a word – and so much more colorful than a mere “strategy,” wouldn’t you say?

    • Gary P

      You are so right! I love “strategery” BTW. I use it every single day! 🙂

      • Captain Scarlet

        Excuse me, but “strategery” was not originally uttered by the 43rd president, but was coined in an SNL spoof by Will Ferrell and was forever associated with the president himself, much the same way the “I can see Russia from my house” line has been misattributed to Sarah Palin.

      • Gary P

        Yes, we know this. addressed it above, and in a separate post.

        The Tina Fey line has had serious staying power. It’s sad how many people actually believe Sarah said that.

  3. exception

    Bush didn’t come up with “strategery”; Saturday Night Live did. But, he liked it and the White House started using it internally for certain things.

    • Gary P

      Yup …. It was Will Ferrel while he was doing an impression. We mentioned this in our original piece on this, the one linked above.

      Not sure who over at SNL actually came up with it. Tina Fay was the head writer, so???

      There was a book about Bush’s strategery written as well.

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