Amidst all the mindless scrolling and ‘haha-reacting’ on hilarious memes, if there is anybody we should be thankful to for imparting education on the Internet, then it is Shashi Tharoor. The MP from Thiruvananthapuram, especially this year, was single-handely responsible for making us feel bad about not listening attentively during English lessons at school. So much so, at one point somebody on the Internet demanded his school fees back after being thrown off-guard by one of the words from the ‘Tharooraurus’. Clearly, this year, among other things that we are grateful about, Tharoor’s short and crisp English tutorials on Twitter are among the first. From introducing us to ‘farrago’, ‘rodomontade’ and ‘webaqoof’ among others, to even, accidentally, coming up with a word of his own ‘Thang hoong’, Tharoor has proven to be the English professor we probably never deserved.
Here is looking back at how the MP’s brilliant vocabulary became the talk of the Internet, throughout the year.
* When Tharoor’s response to Republic TV’s “expose” in the Sunanda Pushkar murder case left all of the Internet rattled, shortly after which they got down to doing what they are best known for — make HILARIOUS memes.
"Exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations&outright lies being broadcast by an unprincipled showman masquerading as a journalst"
Here are some of the funniest memes it inspired thereafter.
Just one of those days when the sun did not rise from the east for Tharoor.
* The latest addition to the list is “rodomontade” that came out of a tweet in which he was addressing the “well-meaning folks who send me parodies of my supposed speaking/writing style.” The hilarious and seemingly intended irony was how Twitter followers huddled under the comments’ section of the tweet to know what it meant.
Much obliged, English language pedagogue.