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Sarah Palin Attempts To Explain ‘Refudiate’ Gaffe

I guess she’s repudiating her “refudiate” gaffe…but there’s a “gotcha” moment that makes her excuse null and void…

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Amid the familial banter that took place on Sunday’s episode of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” the former Alaska Governor went beyond criticism of conservationists to explain the much ridiculed genesis of her faux-word, “refudiate.”

Politico reports on the exchange, which briefly touched on a tweet from July — since deleted — concerning plans to build an Islamic cultural center near the site of Ground Zero:

“I pressed an F instead of a P and people freaked out,” said Sarah, pointing out that her blunder was the second-most-searched word on Google trends. “Make lemonade out of lemons,” said Sarah.

The original Twitter dispatch read: “Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.”

Many at the time believed the fabrication was a misguided splicing of the words “repudiate” and “refute.” At any rate, the made-up word went viral and has since been named “Word of the Year” by The New Oxford American Dictionary

The Washington Post points out “that the ‘F’ and ‘P’ keys on a QWERTY keyboard are not near each other.”

Others have also begun to question Palin’s explanation of the mistake, pointing to this video of the former governor using “refudiate” during an appearance on Fox News before the Twitter gaffe.

WATCH (comments at the 2:30 mark):

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Sarah “Palinisms” – The 15 Craziest Things Sarah Palin Has Said So Far

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“Nuclear weaponry, of course, would be the be-all, end-all of just too many people in too many parts of our planet.” — CBS interview with Katie Couric, September 25, 2008

“As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where – where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border.”  — CBS interview with Katie Couric, September 25, 2008

“So we discussed what was going on in Africa. And never, ever did I talk about, Well, gee, is it a country or is it a continent, I just don’t know about this issue.”  — Fox interview with Greta Van Susteren, November 11, 2008

“I don’t know if I should Buenos Aires or Bonjour, or… this is such a melting pot. This is beautiful. I love the diversity. Yeah. There were a whole bunch of guys named Tony in the photo line, I know that.”  — Addressing a Charity of Hope gathering, Hamilton, Ontario, April 15, 2010

“Obviously we loved sports, and the baby was born during the spring track season.”   —Going Rogue

“Believe it or not – this was in the 60s – we used to hustle on over the border for health care that we would receive in Whitehorse…. Isn’t that kind of ironic now. Zooming over the border, getting health care from Canada.”   — Speech in Calgary, Alberta, March 6, 2010

“The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”   — Facebook, Aug. 7, 2009

“When the American people elected President Obama they gave him responsibility to handle this disaster. He promised to “heal the earth, and watch the waters recede…” or something far-fetched like that.”   — On the oil spill, May 27, 2010

“I didn’t believe the theory that human beings – thinking, loving beings – originated from fish that sprouted legs and crawled out of the sea. Or that human beings began as single-celled organisms that developed into monkeys who eventually swung down from the trees.”  —Going Rogue

“With the gray Talkeetna Mountains in the distance and the first light covering of snow about to descend on Pioneer Peak, I breathed in an autumn bouquet that combined everything small-town America with rugged splashes of the Last Frontier.”
Going Rogue

“I think it’s appalling and a violation of our freedom of the press.”
—On negative media coverage of Republican congressional candidate Vaughn Ward, Boise, Idaho, May 21, 2010

“Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.”
—On plans to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero, via Twitter, July 18, 2010

“‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!”
—Tweet, July 18, 2010

“I’m not politically correct. I am not one to be a word police.”
— Fox interview with Chris Wallace Feb. 7 , 2010

“I didn’t really had a good answer, as so often — is me.”
–On writing notes on her hand for the Tea Party convention address, March 5, 2010