Shashi Tharoor, the man who plays with words

When Sashi Tharoor tweets, you need to go get your dictionary. Yes, the man has done it again! After “farrago”, it’s now ” rodomontade”. What’s even more amazing is the fact that he doesn’t just throw around the rare beauty. He uses it in a very well structured and, if I may say, witty sentence! What exactly he tweeted was, “To all the well-meaning folks who send me parodies of my supposed speaking/writing style: The purpose of speaking or writing is to communicate w/ precision. I choose my words because they are the best ones for the idea I want to convey, not the most obscure or rodomontade ones!”

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This (rightly) comes at a time when the internet is filled with videos and jokes (and of course, memes) on the kind of English Tharoor uses. Tharoor, obviously, has been endlessly trolled since the time he tweeted, “Exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations & outright lies being broadcast by an unprincipled showman masquerading as a journalst”.

Within hours of his tweet, ‘rodomontade’ was trending on google. What’s that you ask? Don’t worry, even my English professors had no idea and had to resort to googling. And this is what Google said –

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Not just us, this time he has managed to impress even the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, for he tweeted, “Learning English? Follow my friend @ShashiTharoor for words you never knew existed & will struggle to ever use in a sentence but by golly they sound impressive.” Not just him, Amul too honoured the man in their advertisement with one of their cartoons.

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Tharoor responded to this toon by Amul in a hearty manner and quipped, “Butterly honoured. But I feel like a Tharoorosaurus Rex, an ancient creature soon to be extinct, snuffed out in a cloud of incomprehension….,” poking fun at his own expense.

If you thought Tharoor is well versed only in the language of the sophisticated, you are wrong. A month back, Tharoor once again had shown the witty, humorous side of his when he tweeted (obviously he did), “New Hinglish 21st century dictionary: Webaqoof: “one who believes every claim or allegation on the internet & social media must be true”. You too must be laughing at the accuracy of this, fitting it to those relatives of yours, identifying yourself above being a webaqoof since you are a ‘youth’. But then you suddenly realize that Tharoor is a 61-year-old man and you are now in a dilemma whether to go gaga over his ‘coolness’ or be stark surprised by it.

Whether it’s the extra words being added to our (highly) limited vocabulary or the meme-fest that ensues after he tweets, Tharoor is one politician who is certainly adding value to the society, irrespective of approaching elections.

This man, who now is a full time MP from Kerala, was educated in St Stephen’s College. Along with dropping knowledge bombs on Twitter now and then, Shashi Tharoor, a few months back, went viral for his 2015 speech on British Colonialisation and why the British owe India an Apology at Oxford Union.

 

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