Shashi Tharoor’s English is too good that he undoubtedly distinguishes words in the language that even inborn speakers didn’t know subsisted. The MP from Thiruvananthapuram boasts of a habit of leaving people rubbing their heads making attempts to interpret the connotation of his tweets.
So, when ex Under-Secretary-General at UN made a special tweet regarding his novel book, it was no different.
“My new book, THE PARADOXICAL PRIME MINISTER, is more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification. Pre-order it to find out why!,” he tweeted.
Yes, that word ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’ which looks like somebody just used their fingers on the keyboard really does exist.
And, Twitter’s preferred English tutor has done it yet again, leaving people perplexed and in search of answers!
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
As per the dictionary, it is a noun and it entails – ‘the action or habit of estimating something as worthless’.
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
Here is what people had to say –
I get a feeling of floccinaucinihilipilification when I don't know the meaning of floccinaucinihilipilification
— Chacha Vidhayak Hai (@YeLaundaSakhtHa) October 10, 2018
I'll have to order a dictionary first, sir ;-)
— Anuraag Saxena (@anuraag_saxena) October 10, 2018
— Umang Goswami (@Umangism) October 10, 2018
There he goes…😁 pic.twitter.com/uIZTjyUpVX
— Surey (@sureyamarnath) October 10, 2018
Floccinaucinihilipilifiction 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. @ShashiTharoor everyone will start looking for meaning of this word. Many will faint u know who will 😂😂
— Rahim007 (@Indian007Rahim) October 10, 2018
— Original Copy🐱 (@Angie_Tribecca) October 10, 2018
During May 2017, the MP from Thiruvananthapuram and writer of 17 books got netizens talking when he depicted the coverage of the demise of his companion Sunanda Pushkar by a news channel as an “Exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations and outright lies being broadcast by an unprincipled showman masquerading as a journalist”.
In December 2017, he made use of the word ‘rodomontade’, which entails boastful or inflated talk or behavior.
“I choose my words because they are the best ones for the idea I want to convey, not the most obscure or rodomontade ones!” he tweeted.