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Tharoor's new book on Narendra Modi is not just 'floccinaucinihilipilification'

Thursday, October 11, 2018

New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Wednesday once again introduced Twitterati and the literati to a difficult, near unpronounceable word, describing his new book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification”.    

 According to the Oxford dictionary, the word is a noun and means "the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.

Discussing the usage of the word, the dictionary adds, “Floccinaucinihilipilification is one of a number of very long words that occur very rarely in genuine use.”

“My new book, THE PARADOXICAL PRIME MINISTER, is more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification. Pre-order it to find out why!” Tharoor said in a  Twitter post that had everybody reaching for the dictionary.

The book itself was relegated to the background as the word got Twitterati talking.

“I get a feeling of floccinaucinihilipilification when I don't know the meaning of floccinaucinihilipilification,” tweeted one of Tharoor's followers.

“What my English teachers taught was a lie. Won't order it as I cannot take out the dictionary everytime,” said another person in reply to Tharoor's tweet.

The book is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.

According to the description of the book on Amazon, “Shashi Tharoor has stitched together a compelling portrait of this paradoxical figure (Narendra Modi).

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