And thinking of American politics it is good to see Sarah Palin making her contribution to English as a living and ever-changing language. On the Fox News Hannityprogram recently the former vice-presidential candidate said this when asked about the resolution recently passed by the NAACP decrying racist elements in the Tea Party:
“It’s a false accusation, very unfortunate, and again, very very unnecessary. And the president and his wife, you know, the first lady spoke at NAACP so recently, they have power in their words, they could refudiate [emphasis added] what it is that this group is saying and they could set the record straight.”
When some unkind commentators chided Palin for mangling the language she was not the least apologetic but chose instead modestly to twitter a comparison of herself and Shakespeare.
And celebrate it the commentators are, with my favourite being aShakesPalin Twitter feed that combines Shakespeare quotes with those from the former Alaska governor. (Examples as selected by NPR: “Get thee to a gunnery,” and “But soft, what light from yonder window breaks? It is the East, and I can see Russia from my front porch”.)