We’re all quite familiar with the Tharoorian vocabulary by now. The Trivandrum MP, Shashi Tharoor has made it a practice to baffle his Twitter followers with idiosyncratic words that send us scrambling for a dictionary. And since Twitter is usually an exasperating farrago of webaqoofs voicing troglodytic opinions, often as a result of their lalochezia, Tharoor’s short school sessions are a welcome change. See what I did there? Damn right, I know my Tharoorian!
However, this time the erudite politician has brought out the big guns. And by big, I mean, BIG. 4 times as big.
Yesterday, he tweeted out a poem on the voyeuristic tendencies of the Indian media:
A mischievous friend (to whom I was complaining about the voyeurism of our media) challenged me to find a rhyme for the word "prurient". So I did:
Our media is often prurient,
Around money some are esurient;
Many are visibly parturient,
When birthing their inner scripturient.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 2, 2018
I think my brain just had a minor spasm. That’s 4 new head-scratching words in one tweet! How do we even begin to fathom this?
Luckily, one user took it upon himself to make sense of the loaded tweet:
In case anyone is wondering. pic.twitter.com/p2dzgUYAng
— Rahul Raj (Akhi) (@TheRahul_Raj) July 2, 2018
So, prurient is the excessive interest in sexual matters, especially that of others. Esurient means hungry or greedy. Parturient refers to a woman or female mammal about to give birth or is in labour. And the last one, scripturient is the trickiest one, as even the Oxford dictionary doesn’t have it on record. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “having a strong urge to write.”
Others though were happy churning out poems and jokes of their own:
1. One Tharoor wasn’t enough?
Your tweets cause empoisonnement, they make you eminent.
And now I'm confident, I must be acquiescent.
Your vocab is magniloquent, I'm happy being impercipient.
— Anjali Khurana (@AnjaliKhurana1) July 2, 2018
2. Tharoorasaurus is the new black.
Lemme grab my thesaurus…. Ooohh apology, not thesaurus, THAROORasurus..
— Gaurav Mishra | गौrav MISHरा™ 🇮🇳 (@OfficialGaurab) July 2, 2018
3. Oooh, can I join?
Sir, do you take English tuitions? I would like to join along with my wife and daughter. Okay with online classes too.
— Arun Venkatraman (@arunismyname) July 2, 2018
4. Can’t help but sing along.
Looks like he is an ♬ Urient Urient Urient Fan. ♬ https://t.co/Jh07UnTRQG
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) July 3, 2018
@ShashiTharoor as a rap star with this lit game would be dope 🔥🔥🔥🔥
— AkokandLou (@Akok_Popcorn) July 2, 2018
6. I’m beginning to feel like a Rap God, Rap God…
Broke my teeth 🤣
We have our own Eminem! https://t.co/W9rv9U7IDn
— Sachin_Gangadharan (@sachingangadhan) July 3, 2018
Tharoor sir's posts always make me think if I know English?
"EI KAUN SI BHASA BOLAT HO SIR JI" 😂😂😂
— Ram Mishra (@RamMish84567357) July 3, 2018
Everything is purient except mixed culturient.
In present scenerient, Librands not acceptrient.
Public understandrient 😊😊
Will showrient in 2019
Till then sleeprient 😊😊
— Manoj Sinha (@manojsinhaindia) July 2, 2018
9. I feel you, dictionary.
I took out my dictionary and dictionary was like pic.twitter.com/lJoQ5fOD9u
— | (@Manishchauhan2) July 2, 2018
10. On another league altogether.
The word Scripturient isn't found on the dictionary app. This has never happened. What are you, Mr.Tharoor!
— harshel (@doshi_harshel) July 2, 2018
11. Hey, if you got it, flaunt it!
Ok now he is just showing off https://t.co/alUp4KOzEV
— Dahibara Aloodam (@shai_bal) July 3, 2018
12. This is not a drill. I repeat, NOT A DRILL.
Earthlings, Alert! I repeat Alert. Tharoorosaurus Rex sighted. https://t.co/WesE32wIVd
— IndiaWithin (@Indiawithin) July 2, 2018
Well, there you have it peeps. Now go put these new words to good use. Let your inner scripturients run wild and free.