Shashi Tharoor is a recognised Indian politician, writer and a former career international diplomat who is currently working as a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, since 2009.
It is worth mentioning here that he was formerly Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and had also contested for the post of Secretary-General in the year 2006.
The Congress politician is one of the most acknowledged politicians in the country. He is highly admired for his impeccable knowledge of English.
When he was only 22 years old, he was the youngest to receive a doctorate in the history of the Fletcher School. This goes to show how good Shashi Tharoor was in his early days.
Even today, many are interested to know the secret behind his rich and powerful vocabulary. He is known for his knack for using advanced words in his interaction over social media. Sometimes, he uses words like ‘farrago’, ‘rodomontade’, ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’ and other words which made netizens refer to a dictionary.
During a candid interaction with students at an event in Thiruvananthapuram, a student asked the 63-year-old leader to give him a new word. In response, Tharoor opened up about how he developed his ‘exotic’ vocabulary.
Much to everyone’s surprise at the event, Tharoor said he “barely opened” dictionary in his life. “I’ll give you a very simple, old word – read – that’s the only way I have acquired the vocabulary. People think I am some sort of nut case who studies dictionaries all day long…I have barely opened dictionary in my life,” Tharoor added. His response received tremendous applause from the audience.
Shashi Tharoor gives epic reply when a Twitter user shared WhatsApp message
A Twitter user tried to troll Shashi Tharoor by asking if it is his style of writing. ”Received this watsapp msg. I fail to understand how just by using thesaurus for every single word( which together sounds bunkum in a sentence) one can call it @ShashiTharoor ‘s style? IT ISN’T !”, he said.
Meanwhile, Shashi Tharoor replied, “Precisely. Read any of my 16 books to know my style. This is incomprehensible gibberish.”