Sarah Palin 'Mandation' Comment: Is 'Mandation' Even a Word?
Former Alaska governor and FOX commentator Sarah Palin seemed to have invented a new word while discussing Barack Obama's State of the Union address. During an appearance on FOX, Palin criticized Obama's proposed "mandation of health care."
If you're looking for a mandation definition, you may have to look around. There's some debate over whether it's actually a word. A Google search for "mandation definition" offers suggestions for the definition of words like "mandating," "mandated," and "mandatory."
Here is the Sarah Palin 'mandation' remark:
'Since August more Americans have paid more attention to the bill and more Americans are becoming more concerned. it hadn’t been a matter of he not being able to explain his policy with government take over and mandation of health care, but Americans understanding what is in there not liking it and sending that message via the three recent republican sweeps in Virginia, New Jersey, Scott Brown’s election too and the Tea Party movements the town halls, people sending that message to the president mainly health care being the focus on this, he not understanding that we don’t want to see government take over of one-sixth of our economy.'
Some have noted that the word mandation has been used before. Here is a paper entitled Healthcare for the Uninsured: Is Mandation the Answer? Still, the word mandation is not widely accepted.
Like everything to do with Sarah Palin, her use of the word "mandation" will no doubt be polarizing. Her opponents will see it as further proof that she is not qualified to run for office. Her supporters will say that people should focus on her message and not the occasional slip of the tongue.
It should be noted that the debate over whether "mandation" is a word is a bit of a fool's game since language is a fluid thing. Who knows? Palin's use of "mandation" may make the term more commonplace. Mandation may not be in the Merriam-Webster dictionary now. But considering the words Merriam-Webster added to the dictionary in 2009, it could be a matter of time.