It is well known that Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s mastery of the Queen’s language is unparalleled, at least in the political circles. In his latest tweet, he dropped three difficult words: ‘hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia’, ‘garrulous’, and ‘sesquipedalian — all in the same sentence.
The Thiruvananthapuram MP was reacting to Saloni Gaur, who had posted a video on Twitter in which she imitated his accent and drew similarities with a character from Sushmita Sen’s new web series, Aarya.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) June 13, 2020
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta also came across the video and retweeted it, tagging the former diplomat. “This is quite brilliant. Shashi Tharoor, have you seen this?” he wrote on Twitter.
Flattered by the comedic imitation. However, I would like to believe that I am not such a garrulous sesquipedalian… Clearly the artiste on the screen does not suffer from hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia!
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 13, 2020
Tharoor soon reacted to the video saying, “Flattered by the comedic imitation. However, I would like to believe that I am not such a garrulous sesquipedalian… Clearly the artiste on the screen does not suffer from hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia!”.
His tweet created quite a stir on the internet. While many made jokes and memes about his vocabulary, others were busy finding the meaning of the words.
Take a look at some of the reactions here:
— Stree (@goal_digger__) June 13, 2020
— प्रोफसर Raja babu 🥳🌈 (@GaurangBhardwa1) June 13, 2020
Every one who read above tweet pic.twitter.com/bDSLG6SfKs
— भाई साहब (@Bhai_saheb) June 13, 2020
— Jashan Joshi (@jashanjoshi) June 13, 2020
— Gulrose Shaikh (@GulRose_views) June 13, 2020
Me trying to find the meaning of those two word pic.twitter.com/jAYZZopxHQ
— Folitically (@folitically) June 13, 2020
saving some more time for some of you 😁 pic.twitter.com/HuycSJk6jw
— CID Samoosa (@cid_samoosa) June 13, 2020
Saving everybody’s time. pic.twitter.com/NfOW3P7Lya
— The Indian Smog (@theindiansmog) June 13, 2020
samze na samze hamko sune k accha laga pic.twitter.com/dweTP2vsu0
— Rohit Dere (@Rohit__Dere) June 13, 2020
English to english translation😂
— Riya_s (@Riyadenny) June 14, 2020
— Faad Dunga BC (@naalaYUCK) June 13, 2020
— Marwadi (@gaitonde07) June 14, 2020
For the uninitiated, hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, ironically, means the fear of long words, and sesquipedalian is an adjective used to describe long words.
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