Ever since Shashi Tharoor’s epic Twitter rant against a broadcast channel, referring to it as “Exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations & outright lies being broadcast by an unprincipled showman masquerading as a journalst (sic)” went viral, the Internet probably found the English tutor in him. The MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, has often made it a point to throw people off-track with words that would send them dusting the big, old dictionary book or looking up the words on Google. But now, it seems the man has responded to this as well. Addressing the ‘well-meaning people’s obsession with the words he uses, Tharoor took to the Internet to post thus: “To all the well-meaning folks who send me parodies of my supposed speaking/writing style: The purpose of speaking or writing is to communicate w/ precision. I choose my words because they are the best ones for the idea i want to convey, not the most obscure or rodomontade ones!”
To all the well-meaning folks who send me parodies of my supposed speaking/writing style: The purpose of speaking or writing is to communicate w/ precision. I choose my words because they are the best ones for the idea i want to convey, not the most obscure or rodomontade ones!
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 13, 2017
Yes, and just like that, in a way that only he can, Tharoor decided to introduce a large part of the Internet population to another word — Rodomontade, creating such a whirlwind, that some even contemplated asking for their school fees back!
For the uninitiated (like us), rodomontade means ‘boastful or inflated talk or behaviour’. While some on the Internet called it the ‘word of the month’, others thanked him for ‘teaching us new words.’ Some others realised that they probably missed their GRE preparation after hearing the word, while others declared Tharoor the brand ambassador of the dictionary.
Take a look at some of our favourite responses to the tweet.
First was by a helpful Twitter user who tried to ‘crack the code’ and make life easier for everybody else on the Internet.
— Krishna (@i_am_krisna) December 13, 2017
Thanks anna, you save my time 🤘🙏
— Sahu (@sahu_in) December 13, 2017
Then, this happened.
I can rodomontadely say that day by day I read your rodomontaded tweets in English, I will be rodomontaded of my improved English. A rodomontade Jai Hind sir.
— Kanatunga (@Kanatunga) December 13, 2017
lemonade ka bada bhai rodomontade. thanks for yet another word…
— maruti (@Maruti_P_Naik) December 13, 2017
Heard one new word again-“rodomontade”😂. I want my school fees back. 😂😂
— Balendu Pandey (@balendu29) December 14, 2017
Lol! To be fair, it encourages us to use the dictionary & thesaurus & expand our vocabulary. I always look forward to the new word of the day… “rodomontade” is quite a mouthful 😀👍
— Sujata Suri (@sujatasuri) December 14, 2017
— Roy Sânkar (@roy5ankar) December 14, 2017
Sir now it’ll take us actually two days to learn to pronounce this new word ‘rodomontade’. I am sure it is the most googled word by now 😁
— kashif Qureshi (@kashiflion) December 13, 2017
I miss my GRE preparation…
— MumBawa (@JaamAadmi) December 14, 2017
rodomontade is the new farrago
— indianabhyudey (@abhyudey) December 13, 2017
— Mayank Ojha (@TheyCallMeBhakt) December 13, 2017
Sir, you are the brand ambassador for https://t.co/lAc7zI7HD5
— Yorick (@yorickpinto) December 14, 2017
I love your writing…. rodomontade is beautiful…
— Lapdog (@NotWesterberg) December 14, 2017
@ShashiTharoor guy is a paid agent of oxford english dictionary 1850 edition. inki CBI jaanch honi chahiye 😁😁😁😁😁😁
— manavsaraf (@manavsaraf) December 14, 2017
— Harsh Kumar (@hk161193) December 14, 2017
— विरोजीपंत (@bakarwadi_love) December 14, 2017