Birthday Special: Top 10 Jaw-Dropping Words Laid Bare by Shashi Tharoor

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Shashi Tharoor is known for his fluency in public speaking, as seen by the popularity of his lectures on YouTube and other online platforms.

Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor was born on March 9, 1956 turns 66 today. Throor, apart from his hairstyle, is known for usage of fancy dictions. Many a times Shashi Tharoor has stumbled us with his meticuous oratory on and off Lok Sabha. 

We’ve always felt terrible about not paying attention in English classes whenever we listen to or read the Sahitya Academy Awardee. He taught us words like ‘apposite,’ ‘fatuous,’ and ‘calumny,’ as well as a slew of other unique English terms.

Tharoor has over 20 fiction and non-fiction books to his credits and also write for various national and international newspapers.

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Tharoor is known for his fluency in public speaking, as seen by the popularity of his lectures on YouTube and other online platforms. For example, Shashi Tharoor’s Oxford Union address, delivered in 2015 at the Oxford Union, has garnered over 8.1 million views on one site alone, while also being hailed as ground-breaking by numerous Indian educational institutions.

Additional speeches such as those discussing the value of “soft power” and assessing the effects of education in India have received over one million and two million views respectively.

In his book Tharoorosaurus, Tharoor stunningly offers fifty-three odd words from each letter of the alphabet from his lexicon. You don’t have to be a linguaphile(one who loves languages and words) to enjoy the fascinating facts and anecdotes hidden beneath the words.

In this article, on the occasion of Tharoor’s birthday, we bring you ten unique words that Mr Throor brough to our vocabulary. Get ready to astonish yourself and bid adieu to your hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia!

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia (noun)

Meaning: The fear of long words.

Floccinaucinihilipilification (noun)

Meaning: The action or habit of estimating something as worthless

Lalochezia (noun)

Meaning: Emotional relief gained by using indecent or vulgar language

Kakistocracy (noun)

Meaning: Government by the least suitable or competent citizens of a state

Rodomontade (adjective)

Meaning: Boastful or inflated talk or behaviour

Parturient (adjective)

Meaning: (of a woman or female mammal) about to give birth; in labour.

Muliebrity (noun)

Meaning: Womanly qualities; womanliness

Gonzo (adjective)

Meaning: relating to or denoting journalism of an exaggerated, subjective, and fictionalized style

Esurient (adjective)

Meaning: Hungry or greedy

Scripturient (adjective)

Meaning: Having a strong urge to write

Bonus 😉

Peurile (Adjective)

Meaning: Childishly silly and immature.

How many of them you already knew? Comment!


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