Sarah Palin's bad vocabulary validated; Gleeks refudiated

sarah-palin-headshot.jpgRemember when "bootylicious" was added to the Oxford English Dictionary after Beyonce and the other Destiny's Child ladies made it famous?

Sarah Palin's made-up word is decidedly less catchy. She has coined the term "refudiate," and the New Oxford American Dictionary has named it the 2010 Word of the Year. Another word that was in the running for the top spot? "Gleek," which refers to a fan of the TV show "Glee."

Refudiate is described as a cross between "refute" and "repudiate." The Oxford University Press says that neither of those existing words "seems consistently precise, and that 'refudiate' more or less stands on its own, suggesting a general sense of 'reject.'"