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Floccinaucinihilipilification: How Shashi Tharoor took twitterati on a ride

The 29-letter word was used by Tharoor to describe his new book on PM Narendra Modi.

New Delhi: No one could have promoted their book better than Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.

Floccinaucinihilipilification – This 29-letter word is not made up. It’s a word. A word that was used by Tharoor to describe his new book on PM Narendra Modi.

Tharoor ‘unveiled’ the word to the public in a tweet that also introduced his new book The Paradoxical Prime Minister, on whose cover Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen examining closely a wax figure of himself with his hands folded at Madame Tussauds museum.

“My new book, The Paradoxical Prime Minister, is more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification…” Tharoor tweeted.

Floccinaucinihilipilification, pronounced flok-si-naw-si-ni-hi-li-pi-li-cay-shun, means “the action or habit of estimating something as worthless”.

The tweet received a little over 2,800 ‘likes’ as well as a long trail of comments that made fun of the tweet. Other words used by Tharoor, which brought an inflow of likes and trolls to his page, are lalochezia, farrago, rodomontade, webaqoof and snollygoster.

This is how twitter reacted after Tharoor’s tweet on Wednesday:

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