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Shashi Tharoor opens English classes for 2018 with ‘troglodyte’, responding to BJP MP’s comment on ‘Taj Mahal’

Shashi Tharoor dropped the word 'troglodyte' while referring to BJP MP Vinay Katiyar's comment on the Taj Mahal. "We can't let these troglodytes destroy our country & everything beautiful in it." he tweeted. Of course, Twitterati are all aflutter.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 6, 2018 3:29 pm
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Vinay Katiyar, the founder-president of the Bajrang Dal and an MP of the ruling party, recently stirred up a storm following his remark that the iconic Taj Mahal will soon be renamed as ‘Tej Mandir’. And just when many of us are clicking our tongues and shaking our heads in disapproval of the news, Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter to respond to Katiyar’s comment in a way nobody else can. Yes, like Tharoor has, in the past, taken a stand on and against issues and managed to leave us all enlightened by casually slipping in words we mugged up, while preparing for GRE tests, he has managed to come up with a term again. While referring to the BJP MP’s comment, the Thiruvananthapuram MP used the word “troglodytes” in his tweet, responding to a journalist. “We can’t let these troglodytes destroy our country & everything beautiful in it.” he tweeted.

In case you are rushing to figure out what the word means, you can sit back and relax. It means cavemen or people who are deliberately ignorant or choose to be old-fashioned. A quick look on the Internet shows the word also means hermit. We will leave it to you to speculate what Tharoor meant.

The word troglodyte, which Shashi Tharoor used, means cavemen or people who are deliberately ignorant or choose to be old-fashioned.

Nevertheless, it was clearly not a usual day on the Internet, with many thanking Tharoor, albeit for different reasons like, reminding them of the GRE days, for tweeting out Oxford updates and others simply for teaching them a new word. Check out the reactions Tharoor’s tweet garnered, here.

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  1. M
    Feb 8, 2018 at 2:47 pm
    We Indians are probably the only people who are fluent English speakers and yet are unacquainted with the simple matter of using a dictionary. I've noticed that in other countries like the USA, Britain and Australia, children in schools are required to use dictionaries, if they hear words they do not understand. Here, we don't bother, and our educated people reveal their ignorance by chastising (look that up) Dr. Tharoor for using 'fancy' words. Look up a dictionary before you twitter. There are even dictionary apps that will make it easy for you.
    1. S
      Feb 7, 2018 at 10:03 am
      Wow....Sasi bhai replied to BJP pvt Ltd Company [ Gujju Version] with a single word - Troglodyte.....Classic Epic. Good...
      1. S
        Feb 7, 2018 at 6:59 am
        Mr Shashi Tharoor thinks he is an intelligent person who uses words which even British don't use. The internet seems to be enjoying the word . Yes he forgets that the so called Moghals who ruled India for so many years destroyed Indian culture and converted millions to their religion and eventually destroyed thousands of temples as they do even today like what they did in Afghanistan. Very recently they destroyed a great Buddhist world heritage monument. Shame. this Tharoor does not even feel sad that his wife died and Who is responsible ???? He thinks that he is enjoying the comments on his word ., But what is the use. Shame on you Mr Tharoor. you are only a congress servant and does not have an iota of respect for HINDUs. You know that Taj mahal was built by thousands of workers and they were brutal killed so that no other monument was built and you seem to hail them . and if the archeological survey is allowed , you will find a Shiva temple
        1. Henry Applby
          Feb 7, 2018 at 1:49 am
          Shahi Tharoor means to refer to the King who built the Taj Mahal. Obviously due to the fact that so many laborers lost their lives and limbs during its construction. Same word can be used to describe the Killers of Sunanda.
          1. Ramesh Rao Neramballi
            Feb 7, 2018 at 1:10 am
            Master at his best.Sushil Sheth exasperated?
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