A month after making up the word “refudiate” and likening herself to William Shakespeare, former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin is in the news again — this time for misusing the word “cackle” in a tweet.
The Alaska ex-Governor made the verbal slip when she tweeted the phrase “cackle of rads” on Wednesday, the 90th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the New York Daily News reported.
The 46-year-old used the expression in an apparent response to EMILY’s List, a political action committee that aims to elect progressive female candidates. The group held a meeting and declared Ms. Palin does not represent all women.
Later Ms. Palin tweeted: “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 )”.
The Huffington Post has pointed out that Ms. Palin’s use of “cackle” was not appropriate.
According to dictionary definitions, cackle is a shrill laughter or foolish chatter. Bloggers suggested Ms. Palin meant to use the word “gaggle” or “cabal”.
Ms. Palin was immediately slammed on micro-blogging site Twitter for her misuse of the word.
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann called Ms. Palin clueless. “W/ out ‘feminists’ she’d have virtually none of the freedoms she abuses daily,” he tweeted.
In July, Ms. Palin was criticised for using the made-up word “refudiate”. She later followed it with yet another tweet defending the imaginary word and comparing herself with William Shakespeare.