An exercise in ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’! Let’s find out what Tharoor means to say

It happens to be one of the longest words in English, a good 29 letters

The Hush Post: Shashi Tharoor does what he does best: He is a master in Tharoorian English. The Congress leader, who is known for his brilliant vocabulary has once again sent the Twitterati and the literati into a tizzy by using a word which is near unpronounceable. Tharoor has come up with his new book which is on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And he described his work as “more than just a 400-page exercise in ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’”.

In his Twitter post Tharoor said, “”My new book, THE PARADOXICAL PRIME MINISTER, is more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification. Pre-order it to find out why!” The post made everyone to reach out for the dictionary.

Oxford dictionary describes floccinaucinihilipilification as “the action or habit of estimating something as worthless”.

It happens to be one of the longest words in English, a good 29 letters.

The Thiruvananthapuram MP has this knack of introducing his readers to words lesser spoken. He uses ‘Pruient’, ‘esurient’, ‘parturient’ and everything in between.

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon. It describes the book, “Shashi Tharoor has stitched together a compelling portrait of this paradoxical figure (Narendra Modi),”

In May 2017, Tharoor, who has authored 17 books, also used his expertise to describe the media coverage of the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar by a news channel.  “Exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations and outright lies being broadcast by an unprincipled showman masquerading as a journalist”, he said.

“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 had tweeted last December.

Rodomontade Tharoor!

Now please rummage your dictionary.


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