There is a modern plot to destroy a good word, the word ârefuteâ?.
I refute in the strongest terms the suggestion that a passport application being returned through the offices of a TD, in this case Bertie Ahern, signifies some special relationship is an absolute fallacy.”
Ignore the fact he was referring to himself in the third person.
Ignore the fact that the sentence does not make grammatical sense.
We know what he meant; he meant he ârejectedâ? something: he certainly did not refute it.
Dictionary.com says of “refute”:
1. to prove to be false or erroneous, as an opinion or charge.
2. to prove (a person) to be in error.