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Defining Times

November 16, 2010
– Performing universal action, providing sole and total motivation; all-acting.
– an amorphous word used to sound more highbrow in situations that call for it.
– Conflation of “refute” and “repudiate”

Vox Day coined the first word to describe what he sees as a fallacy – the idea that because God knows everything and CAN do everything, then he MUST do everything. My boss invented the second word as a joke (go ahead and laugh, but realize that a boss who has a few quirks and a sense of humor is more likely to tolerate a few quirks in his subordinates – in other words, my boss is cool!). Sarah Palin coined the last one – she meant to use repudiate, but messed it up. Twice.

Guess which one was recognized as the “word of the year” by the New Oxford American Dictionary and made it into the top ten list for the Global Language Monitor Project.

Don’t get me wrong – I LIKE Sarah Palin. I think she is politically astute and principled. I even supported her in 2008. But really, word of the year? Ahead of Vuvuzela?? Somehow


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