From ‘Floccinaucinihilipilification’ To ‘Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia,’ Shashi Tharoor Is On A Roll

Shashi Tharoor and his elite vocabulary have time and again sent Twitter scrambling for a dictionary. Over time, his tweets have become an exasperating farrago (see what I did there *wink*) of English words that even those well versed in the language find hard to comprehend. And those of us who weren’t exactly born wrapped in an Oxford dictionary, are often left feeling like troglodytes (damn, again? Yes!) every time Tharoor lets loose his inner Shakespear on Twitter.

However, this time he’s just gone too far. I mean, come on, this can’t be an actual word, can it?

I’m sorry, Floccina-what?! Is this a Trump covfefe moment?

As unbelievable as it is, turns out, ‘floccinaucinihilipilification‘ is indeed an actual word you can find in the dictionary.

He even tweeted an audio version of his mind-boggling tweet wherein you get to hear how ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’ is pronounced:

Mind blown? Yeah, mine too.

Of course, the rest of Twitter wasn’t about to let this one slip by without making a few jokes and so they did:

1. Is this a Rancho moment?

2. Tharoor’s Siri deserves a raise.

3. Pretty sure he’s having a good laugh.

4. When can you join?

5. Rehne de bhai.

6. Job half done.

7. True!

8. Is it a water type?

9. Why you do this Tharoor?

10. Google must be scratching its head.

11. Me when I realised it wasn’t just him randomly running his fingers over the keyboard.

12. Ah, it’s a tribute to the dwarves!

My inner scripturient just crawled back into the millennial cave of FOMO, salty, woke, fleek, and rad. No shade, Tharoor sir, but you’re really having fun with this now, aren’t you?

He says he isn’t though. But I find it hard to believe, don’t you?

I mean, why else would he apologise for it with another word that makes our brains crash?

I’m going to have to listen to nursery rhymes for the entire day to heal my fried brain.

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