New Delhi: Congressional leader Shashi Tharoor, known for adding rarely-pronounceable English words to his Twitter dictionary, on Wednesday posted another scratcher – quockerwodger.
A man speaking a lot of words was helpful in the same sense as well. “A quockerwodger was a kind of wooden puppet. In politics, a political prankster was acting on the instructions of an influential third party, rather than properly representing their constituents.”
“A useful addition to our political vocabulary!?” Tharoor added that the word he delivered dates back to 1860.
This isn’t the first time that the author and politician has sent word-maker Twitterati a quick search of their dictionaries to confirm if the word really exists. Last year, Tharoor conducted BJP research using the word “allodoxaphobia”, which he explained was an irrational fear of opinions.
Before that, the congressman engaged in a friendly banter with working TRS chief KT Rama Rao over the names of Covid-19 drugs and uttered the vague phrase “floccinaucinihilipilification”.
The Oxford Dictionary describes ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’ as the act or habit of appreciating something as worthless.
In the past, he amazed people with words like “farrago” and “troglodyte”.
While “farrago” means a confused mixture, “troglodyte” means one who is perceived as willfully ignorant or old-fashioned.
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