I have a few dictionaries on hand and since I was perplexed by the title of Sarah Palin’s upcoming 400 page sure-to-be a blockbuster book, I looked up the definition of rogue. The title of her book is Going Rogue. Now I don’t know if that means she is going to go rogue, or she already has gone rogue, or since it is a noun she is a rogue, in which case the going part makes little sense. Not that I expected a book title of hers to make a lot of sense but many times the publisher actually chooses a title for an author that both makes sense and for marketing purposes has mass appeal.
Now that we are beyond that mass appeal hurdle, lets explore the meanings of rogue. According to the Webster Collegiate (I chose this because she has gone to 5 colleges) the term rogue was coined in 1561 and means; vagrant, tramp, scoundrel, scamp, a horse inclined to shirk or misbehave, and an individual exhibiting a chance and usually inferior biological variation.
Now, I’m betting that she told her ghost writer that this would be a catchy, cutesy, “mavericky” type of word that would fit her to a T. And, I’m also betting that she never looked up the definition since as we all know she doesn’t really read, or she does read but she doesn’t remember what she reads. Anyway, surely a publisher might take the time to scrutinize such a word? Evidently not.
I’m sure they think with run-away-best-seller potential it could be called “Going Stupid” and sell millions. And, since the Republicans seem to have all the money and they are pretty much the only people up for purchasing copies , we will be able to see just how much money they are willing to waste by keeping track of book sales.
But for the rest of us that surmise her book will be like a flash-in-the-pan, we will be able to pick up a copy just for laughs, on a remainder table at your local bookstore not too long after publication. You betcha!