Palin’s Lessons from Shakespeare

Politicians say the dumbest things. Over at Slate they’ve compiled their favourite Palinisms, tweets, Facebook updates and other wit from former Vice Presidential hopeful, Sarah Palin.

And she’s got plenty to say. Even in a tweet of 140 characters she manages to reflect on feminism: “Who hijacked term:‘feminist’?A cackle of rads who want 2 crucify other women w/whom they disagree on a singular issue; it’s ironic (& passé).” And who says Americans don’t appreciate irony?

But Palin is also a defender of the creative use of language. Witness this tweet after mispronouncing ‘repudiate in an interview: “'Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!” We’re hoping for a book, if not of Palinisms, but of her insights into great writers - for a title perhaps Wee Wee Upping Literature: Not-so-great Writers Misunderestimated by History.

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