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Which English words are taught to us by Shashi Tharoor?


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Grammar nazis among us hate to admit that there are words in English of which they are not aware, but one person who makes them realize this thing time and again is as we all know, Shashi Tharoor.

We can’t deny the fact that there is now something called Tharoorian English and I won’t be surprised if he soon publishes his own dictionary.

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And why not? He is, after all, one of Indian’s most educated politicians. His degrees speak for him and so do the words used by him. Let’s admit it, some of us have actually started waited for Shashi Tharoor’s tweets so that our vocab can be updated and of course, so that we can boast our rich vocabulary in front of others.

I am thankful to him for teaching me the following English words:

1. Rodomontade


This word means “boastful”, which Tharoor’s words are not.

2. Puerile


The meaning of Puerile is “silly” or “immature”. But don’t worry, you won’t be considered puerile if you didn’t know this one.

3. Farrago


This word means “a confused or chaotic mixture”.

No, no, Shashi Tharoor’s vocabulary is not a farrago.

4. Arcana


Such a suave word for “secrets”. I can really build up a vocabulary full of arcana with such words!

5. Snollygoster


This funny-sounding word means “an unprincipled and shrewd person”. Do you think Tharoor is a snollygoster?

6. Floccinaucinihilipilification


Dude, I have learned the meaning of this horrible word but the spelling! It still gives me nightmares. The word, by the way, means “the action or habit of estimating something as worthless”.

And my not learning the spelling of floccinaucinihilipilification is not an example of floccinaucinihilipilification.

7. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia


Are you afraid of this long word? Then, my friend, you are suffering from hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. Yes, the word means “the fear of long words”.

8. Webaqoof

With this stylish term coinage, Tharoor left the urban dictionaries far behind! He himself explained the word thus:


Are you a webaqoof?

9. Esurient


Rhyming of the word prurient which means “exhibiting and encouraging the interest in sexual activities”, this one means “hungry or greedy”.

So I can say that I am always Esurient.

10. Parturient

This is a noun, meaning “a woman in labor”.

Some really stylish words to upgrade your vocab, eh?