WATCH | Floccinaucinihilipilification Challenge: Getting Shashi Tharoored and hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Hyper literate Shashi Tharoor has introduced new words to describe his newly launched book 'The paradoxical Prime Minister'.

Published: 11th October 2018 09:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th October 2018 11:56 PM   |  A+A-

Shashi Tharoor. (Photo | PTI)

Shashi Tharoor. (Photo | PTI)

By Online Desk

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

My new book, THE PARADOXICAL PRIME MINISTER, is more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification. Pre-order it to find out why!

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

The New Indian Express finds out how well people can pronounce these words:

After leaving everyone puzzled yesterday with the word floccinaucinihilipilification, he took to Twitter again today to promise his readers that the book would not contain any words longer than paradoxical.

But in classic Shashi Tharoor style, he made the announcement while using another very long word - one that specifically refers to the fear of long words, hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.


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  • Muralee

    There is a word in Malayalam to best describe Tharoor: PONGACHAN. Simply means boaster!
    3 years ago reply
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