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'Pogonotrophy': Tharoor drops another new word, takes dig at PM Modi while explaining meaning

A Twitter user reached out to Shashi, saying she was waiting to learn a new word and the former Union minister was quick to oblige
Shashi Tharoor

Our Bureau, PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 02.07.21, 11:48 PM

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, known for his penchant for rarely used English words, sent the Twitterati running for their dictionaries on Friday with another head scratcher -- pogonotrophy.


Tharoor said he learnt of the new word pogonotrophy, which means the growing or cultivation of a beard, from a friend. He also used the word to take an apparent dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A Twitter user reached out to Tharoor, saying she was waiting to learn a new word and the former Union minister was quick to oblige.

"My friend Rathin Roy, the economist, taught me a new word today: pogonotrophy, which means 'the cultivation of a beard'. As in, the PM's pogonotrophy has been a pandemic preoccupation," he said in a tweet.

Tharoor's tweet left many bemused with a Twitter user saying, "If the world has Oxford dictionary Why not India has Tharur Dictionary (sic)?"

"Thanks for sharing this one from Tharoorictionary," said another user.

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This is not the first time Tharoor has sent Twitterati scurrying for their dictionaries.

In May, Tharoor engaged in a friendly banter with TRS working president K T Rama Rao over COVID-19 medicine names and threw in another head scratcher -- floccinaucinihilipilification.

Oxford dictionary describes floccinaucinihilipilification as the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.

Tharoor has been a man of many words earlier too.

In the past, he has stumped people with rarely used English words such as "farrago" and "troglodyte". While farrago means a confused mixture, a troglodyte means a person regarded as being deliberately ignorant or old-fashioned.

Tharoor has also started a new weekly column on words in the Weekend Magazine of the 'Khaleej Times' of Dubai.



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