Dear Shashi Tharoor, Will You Please Stop Promoting Dictionary.Com?

Politician- writer Shashi Tharoor has done it again. While introducing his book on Narendra Modi, he made us visit Why you do this Mr Tharoor? Don’t you know, we take great pride in the fact that our vocabulary is slimmer than a Chetan Bhagat book?

Tweeting about his book The Paradoxical Prime Minister, the Thiruvananthapuram MP wrote, “My new book, The Paradoxical Prime Minister, is more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification. Pre-order it to find out.”

Following this, there was a heightened search for the word ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’ on Google. While it might seem as if a cat accidentally walked over your keyboard, the word actually exists.

It is a rare noun and means ‘the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.’

The former Minister of State is a prolific writer and is known to make headlines for his rather lofty usage of the English language. Previously he exasperated us with his “exasperating farrago of distortion” and introduced us to a new word ‘snollygoster’ which means a shrewd, unprincipled politician.

If you’re wondering if floccinaucinihilipilification is the longest word in the English dictionary, it is not correct.

According to the Oxford dictionary, it is Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis which means ‘an invented long word said to mean a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust.’


Here is how Twitterati reacts to it:

This one slapped the longest word on Tharoor:


While others inquired if a dictionary is packaged with his upcoming work:

(Written by– Rukmani Bakshi)