Saturday, December 26, 2009

Going Rogue

palin2I actually bought Palin’s latest book.  Ok, so it was as a gag gift for the faculty Christmas dinner, but this does mean that I have bought both of her books.  I did read her first one, “A New Kind Of Leader”, and even got an A on the report for my Leadership class. 

But this post is about the word “rogue” and choosing one’s words carefully.

There’s been a few letters in the Public Forum of the Salt Lake Tribune that have commented on the meaning of the word “rogue” and it’s negative connotations.  Today’s writer looked up the word in the American College Dictionary, I can’t remember the one the previous writer used, I looked it up online just to double check the facts.


  • a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel.
  • a playfully mischievous person; scamp
  • a tramp or vagabond.
  • a rogue elephant or other animal of similar disposition.
  • Biology. a usually inferior organism, esp. a plant, varying markedly from the normal.


  • to cheat.
  • to uproot or destroy (plants, etc., that do not conform to a desired standard).


  • (of an animal) having an abnormally savage or unpredictable disposition, as a rogue elephant.
  • no longer obedient, belonging, or accepted and hence not controllable or answerable; deviating, renegade: a rogue cop; a rogue union local, a rogue Alaskan Governor and Vice Presidential candidate. (ok, I added that last little bit in.) added:

  • a dishonest or worthless person; scoundrel
  • an individual exhibiting a chance and usually inferior biological variation

Giving her the benefit of the doubt, I’ll assume she was going for something close to the meaning I put in red, in order to imply she does not follow the dictates of the party line or follow what the powers that be would expect her to do.

Yet, being the astute political observer that she is, you would have expected her to anticipate the fun and ridicule that opponents would get from the many other, less complimentary, meanings of the word.

Then again, maybe not.


1 comment:

A Paperback Writer said...

If you go to and look up sarah palin, you get a ton of definitions. This one's my favorite:
13. Sarah Palin 207 up, 81 down

The incredibly unconfortable feeling of having excrement pushed back up your colon with a rough wood plunger.

If you just search under palin, you get a fair number also, with these two being my favorites:
Palin 1336 up, 193 down


1. Pejorative term that refers to an incompetent, impractical, irrelevant or incapable person who has been appointed to a position of great importance.

2. A person who holds authority disproportionate to his or her requisite ethics and qualifications. Derived from John McCain's controversial 2008 Vice Presidential pick, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
John was recently made principal, but everybody thinks he's a Palin who can't do the job.

My new boss is such a Palin - he took my deserved place because the CEO is his personal friend.

3. palin 886 up, 320 down

(v) to abandon one's principles for short term gain
Tom, a devout vegan, palined when he consumed a happy meal solely to obtain the collectible toy it contained.
weak flip-flop spineless mettle character

If you look up rogue, you get a few good ones also, such as:
8. rogue 22 up, 21 down

1) sneaky,sly,or dangerous
2)someone turned evil
1)that rogue is going to steal a car
2)the rogue agent betrayed me
evil double crosser cheater b(*&h mean person
by rovert Mar 5, 2006 share this
9. Rogue 41 up, 41 down

10. rogue 26 up, 28 down

a ghetto term for dude that orginated from east palo alto

naw rogue, i caint go to dat party on saturday, i have S.A.T prep.
holmes rougue rugue blood dude
by Alisi Oct 3, 2006 share this

11. Rogue 5 up, 12 down
buy rogue mugs, tshirts and magnets
Australian term for getting drunk, trashed, pissed.
Ben- "We're gonna get rogue tonight"

15. rogue 11 up, 31 down

A vicious and solitary animal.
OMG, dont mess with rogue... hes greater than all
by JimBob Mar 19, 2003 share this
16. rogue 7 up, 29 down

To go wild, party and be drunk.
>Lookin' forward to the party on Sat?
>Yeah man, we're gonna go rogue.
by Mickos Jun 23, 2005 share this
17. rogue 5 up, 28 down

To steal or pernamently take something from someone.
Joe: "Holy sh*& someone just rogued my house!"
by Francesco St.Clair Jul 11, 2005 share this