Shashi Tharoor is back at it again. He’s a part time Congress MP and full time human Oxford Dictionary on Twitter. He has a long history of teaching people new complicated words and phrases (Exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations & outright lies, anyone?)
Earlier today, he took it to Twitter to talk about his new book. “My new book, THE PARADOXICAL PRIME MINISTER, is more than just 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification. Pre-order to find out why,” he tweeted.
My new book, THE PARADOXICAL PRIME MINISTER, is more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification. Pre-order it to find out why!https://t.co/yHuCh2GZDM
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 10, 2018
At first glance, it might look like Shashi Tharoor accidentally thew his hands at the keyboard and pulled a covfefe, but no, floccinaucinihilipilification is actually one of the longest English words which means “the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.”
His latest word to the collection has left people cluelessly looking it up on the internet. Here’s what people are saying.
There's probably his friend's name somewhere in that word.
Like how Rancho came up with the words "prerajunisation" & "farhanitrate". 🙂 https://t.co/oCitEM94SX
— Sarah.👑🇮🇳 (@ItnaSarah_) October 10, 2018
What the floccinaucinihilipilification https://t.co/ZcIKSqSELI
— DJ (@friendlii_ghost) October 10, 2018
Thanks sir, will try to read. Hope the book doesn't give me pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis ! Now your turn to google…
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) October 10, 2018
HR: How good is your English?
Me: I read Shashi Tharoor's books without a dictionary.
HR: You're hired! https://t.co/3Y7708k9ye
— Venkat Subramanian (@imvsub) October 10, 2018
— Kaushal Karkhanis (@kaushal) October 10, 2018
I am wondering what Shashi Tharoor's Siri is like. Does she ask Shashi the meanings of words instead of it being the other way round?
— Alok Badri (@alok_TTID) October 10, 2018
How tf one should pronounce it? 'floccinaucinihilipilification' https://t.co/dzAAyvmVnN
— Moazzam Ali (@iMoazzamSpeaks) October 10, 2018
Here’s a shout-out to Shashi Tharoor for improving our vocabulary one tweet at a time.