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Shashi Tharoor tweets 'floccinaucinihilipilification' and Twitter loses its mind

Tharoor says 'hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia' and 'floccinaucinihilipilification' and opens the floodgates of Twitter.

  • Published: October 11, 2018 1:21 PM IST
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Congress Minister of Parliament Shashi Tharoor, has become the poster boy for using less than usual words when describing his thoughts in tweets. And this has been more so particularly after his use of vocabulary with the word ‘rodomontade’ went viral last year. People have been trolling him for his difficult to grasp English and even people who dared to use an usual word have been called out for doing a Tharoor (all in good humor though).

Tharoor has even addressed this issue is many platforms and basically has one thing to say about it. He feels that he does not use these words for the sake of using them, rather he uses them because the particular meaning conveyed by these word suit his thought behind it. All that being said and done, twitterati didn’t miss a beat when Tharoor tweeted another flummoxing word recently describing his new book on Narendra Modi, The Paradoxical Prime Minister.

Tharoor tweeted, “My new book, THE PARADOXICAL PRIME MINISTER, is more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification.”

He followed that up with another tweet apologising for having created a flurry and said, “I’m sorry if one of my tweets y’day gave rise to an epidemic of hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia! [Don’t bother looking it up: it’s just a word describing a fear of long words]. But #TheParadoxicalPrimeMinister contains no words longer than Paradoxical!”

And twitterati had a lot to say about this, and while some were curious others were plain confused. Some were even too intimidated while others felt that they should give the book a try. But all the same, dramatic reactions to his tweets knew no end.

  • Published Date: October 11, 2018 1:21 PM IST